Coronavirus Update – Pakistani Cleric Blames “Immodest” Women For Pandemic

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has taken the world by surprise. The outbreak that began in China in December 2019 has now spread to the entire world, infecting 3.4 million people and killing 243,000.

People all across the world have shared their theories behind the spread of the virus. Many people think that China intentionally spread the virus to destroy its rivals’ economies, or that the USA spread it to malign China, and many more.

However, one person took it a step too far.


At the Ehsaas Telethon organised in Pakistan on 24th April, cleric Maulana Tariq blamed women for the pandemic.

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“When a Muslim’s daughter practices immodesty and the youth indulges in immorality, then Allah’s torment is unto such a nation.”

The cleric made misogynistic comments and blamed “scantily dressed” women for the pandemic as Prime Minister Imran Khan watched. The PM did not interrupt the cleric or call him out on his comments.

Coronavirus Update - Pakistani Cleric Blames "Immodest" Women For Pandemic

Tariq went on to add –

“The prime minister is here, media anchorpersons are here… Do we consider how we are going to face the day of judgement due to our deceitfulness?”

He was also reported calling media houses all over the world, including Pakistan, “liars”.

As is obvious, the comments received immense backlash.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan responded to Tariq’s comments in a tweet –

“HRCP is appalled at Maulana Tariq Jamil’s recent statement inexplicably correlating women’s ‘modesty’ to the COVID-19 pandemic. Such blatant objectification is unacceptable and, when aired on public television, only compounds the misogyny entrenched in society.”

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Pakistan Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari also tweeted about the same –

“Simply absurd 4 anyone under any guise to even suggest the COVID19 pandemic is a result of women wearing short sleeves or bec of private schools/universities misleading the youth. This simply reflects either ignorance abt pandemics or a misogynist mindset. Absolutely unacceptable.”

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