Sunday, September 18, 2005

Musharraf's remarks on rapes in Pakistan decried

Every time I hear that phrase, "You must understand the culture of our country" as a defence for inexcusable actions, it makes me sick. Cultural relativism is no excuse for such horrendous actions. And that also incudes hiding behind religion or 'holy books' be they Islamic, Jewish, Christian or any other.

Musharraf's remarks on rapes in Pakistan decried - Yahoo! News: "ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Outrage mounted in Pakistan and abroad on Friday over President Pervez Musharraf's comment that many Pakistanis felt that crying rape was an easy way to make money and move to Canada.

Prime Minister Paul Martin has already condemned the remarks made by Musharraf, who is in the United States having addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday.

London-based rights group Amnesty International said Musharraf should apologize, and newspapers back home decried their leader's attitude.

Musharraf told the Washington Post in an interview published on Tuesday that Pakistan should not be singled out on rape issues as other countries had the same problems.

'You must understand the environment in Pakistan ... This has become a money-making concern. A lot of people say if you want to go abroad and get a visa for Canada or citizenship and be a millionaire, get yourself raped,' the Post quoted Musharraf as saying."

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