Thursday, May 22, 2008

It Is Your Fault If You Are Raped

School uniform sexy, says group

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian group condemned the uniform worn by girls at government schools, saying it encouraged rape and pre-marital sex.

“The white blouse is too transparent for girls and it becomes a source of attraction,” National Islamic Students Association of Malaysia vice-president Munirah Bahari said in a statement.

“It becomes a distraction to men, who are drawn to it, whether or not they like looking at it,” she said, calling for a review of uniform policy so that it did not violate Islamic ideals.

In multicultural Malaysia, home to majority-Muslim Malays as well as ethnic Chinese and Indians, female students at government schools have a choice of wearing a white blouse with a knee-length skirt or pinafore.

They may also wear a “baju kurung” and a headscarf is optional for Malay students.

Munirah said that “covering up” according to Islamic precepts was important to fend off social ills, including “rape, sexual harassment and even premarital sex.”

“This leads to babies born out of wedlock and, to an extent, even prostitution,” she said.

“Decent clothes which are not revealing can prevent and protect women from any untoward situations,” she said, suggesting that girls wear a blouse of a different colour or with an undergarment.

However, the girls themselves also came in for criticism, with the association saying that some used the white blouse to lure men.

“This is the source of the problem, where we can see that schoolgirls themselves are capable of using this to attract men to them,” Munirah said.

“This could see them getting molested, having premarital sex and all sorts of things.” – AFP

What?? WHAT?! How can anyone say such a thing? How dumb can she be? What brainless person would say that the way someone dresses encourages men to molest and rape them? If this is true, wouldn't rape cases be a bigger problem in Western countries? Or is it just men in Malaysia whose brains are where their balls are?

If it is true that a girl is raped because of the way she dresses, then tell me why primary school children are raped? How sexy can they be? Why do fathers rape their daughters and grandfathers their grandchildren? Are girls supposed to be wrapped in a black blanket for their whole life?

(It becomes a distraction to men, who are drawn to it, whether or not they like looking at it)

The way this lady puts it, the raped girl is solely to blame..don't guys have any brains at all? A girl wears a white top with a black bra and immediately the guy is overcome with lust and has to rape her? What stupid logic is that?

(Munirah said that “covering up” according to Islamic precepts was important to fend off social ills, including “rape, sexual harassment and even premarital sex.”)

Does this mean that she can guarantee that one who wears a tudung will never get raped? I know of at least one person who wears a tudung all the time and got pregnant out of wedlock. What went wrong here, then? Do we blame the Western media? Or influence of friends?

The last time a comment like this was passed (at least what I remember), a Malay lady wearing a tudung was raped in a bus - remember that incident? Then, the person who made the original statement said that it was because of the way other ladies dress up that got this lady raped. Does the way a person dress really influence another that much? Are guys really that shallow?

I read once that many rape cases go unreported because the victim feels responsible for it. I guess it is statements by @#&! like this that allow SO many rapist to roam the world free. Till when will the victim be the one to be blamed? What if she (the person who made the statement) was the victim, will she blame herself?

Do you blame the victim of a snatch thief for carrying a handbag? Do you blame a person who was abused for being weak and not fighting back? How about the scores of people who were at the beach when the tsunami struck? Is it their fault that they were injured/died/lost love ones - why did they go to the beach for a picnic?

When will this mentality change? When will it be safe for a girl to walk out in the streets and not fear for her safety? Here in Russia, there are naked pictures of ladies in newspapers. Men's magazine are available everywhere. During summer, ladies wear see-through clothings, short skirts, low neck blouses, sunbathe in their bikinis by the river; I'm sure such things also occur in other parts of the Western world. But why is it that rape cases are not that prevalent in all these places? What is wrong with Malaysians? ARGH!!


Jan said...

hi, nearly danged you..
haha. cos i tot u say is ppl fault tat they get raped @@

basically, it is less due to wearing less that make ppl get raped.. totally agree with what you say..
In fact, according to some rape research, rapists does not search for ppl that wear less to rape, they focus on those that clothes are easy to be taken off :D

Ravon said...

Rapists are perverse in nature. i don't think the type of clothes matters. How easy they can act and get away are the more important factors.

haha... wearing things that are too revealing does and definitely attracts the attention of men. We are human after all, who are attracted to eye candies.

i do hope that ladies can be more careful and vigilant. i think most rapists observed their potential targets for a while before they take actions, so if one is alert enough, maybe one can spot something amiss before the tragedy occurs.

wenzi said...

agree with u.. i mean.. the way they wear right?

sometimes.. when they are alone out.. and they tend to wear till tooo sexy.. until some not-human-being saw.. and they start to rape.

place especially like clubbing.. disco.. what's the point of showing.. and in the end get rape.

Your Humble Servant said...

It's totally absurd. That's the lamest thing I have heard from a so-called scholar!

It's the rapist and men's problem, not the innocent girls in school uniforms!

THIS IS SO RIDICULOUS! Even though I am a guy, I am very angry to hear about this!

Please la this people...

as clara is said...

Crikey! I was seconds away from launching into a proper tirade, insulting cell that composes your being! No one ever asks or invites rape.

I recently wrote about rape that was being recorded on video - a bloody outrage.

National Islamic Students Association of Malaysia vice-president Munirah Bahari should be shot. He sound like the kind of mindless bastard that would blame his own daughter for being raped if she was attacked whilst covered in clothing from head to toe. Chuck him in the snake pit I say.

YEONG said...

rapists are not only perverse in nature to begin with, they are also desperate. if school uniforms are the cause of rape cases, then won't all the students including the other gender be raped too?

c'mon. what insane report! v_v

- yuhhui - said...

hey, I so agree with you and was on the same line of thoughts when i read the report. Was screaming vehemently inside my head : WTH?
you go girl!! =) Should write it in to The Star!

Dom. said...

Rape cases is basically due to some mentally ill bastards watching too much porN! If there's anything to blame. blame FREE-PORN

It's the first time I see people publicly commenting that school uniforms are SEXY.

For us guys. If just some girl wearing a secondary school uniform would be turning us on and gives us the SO-CALLED urge to rape.. I wonder what would this society be made up of? School-uniform-thristy-wolves?

Maybe in years some fool would come up with something like this- Maybe men should start wearing GIRL UNIFORMS to prevent rape cases...

cs said...

i also nearly danged u based on ur title.but then i decided to take a look 1st. don't judge something by the look of it right? lucky i checked!

i certainly don't agree that clothing alone will prevent rape cases. even if one cover up the whole body doesn't mean she is safe

Samuel said...

In my opinion is true that some students tend to wear school uniform to make it like more sexy especially those student who got their school uniform custom made wan...

but the main problem is not that... is those sicko rapist problem... the government had not done a good job to make sure that the citizen here is safe enough to go about our daily life..

and now they are blaming the rape case on us citizen instead.. that is a totally ridiculous...

Joel Yap said...

hmmmm... I think there are many factors to rape cases.
Factors like place, time, etc
Clothings alone most probably will not cause a girl to be raped.
But we can't deny that the way girls dress do not contribute to their possibility of being raped.
I think a rapist would probably be attracted by a girl wearing less clothings or materials that are quite transparent.
More or less, the clothings do contribute. But to me the school uniforms are quite decent.
Again, there are various factors that causes rape cases, we can't just focus on one.

jc said...

Some people just never use their brains when giving out comments like that. Let me share with you an example from my university. This scenario might seem familiar to some... ;)

Our university appointed a new rector and he had a rapport session with my batch. The new rector encouraged us to voice out our views and also problems we faced during our time there.

After a few went up to share, another voice out and said,

"Dear Sir, for almost 5 years I have been in this university and with more and more intakes, I find that many of the younger students are wearing shorter skirts and also sleeveless blouses. Can you do something about it? Tak tahan lahCan't stand it."

Guess what the rector answered?

"Kalau tak tahan jangan tengok lah. (If you can't stand it don't look)."

With that the student sat down.

It is not the fault of those who act within their comfort zone, but rather those who do not think beforehand.