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September-04-03

Perfume As Rape Risk?

The leader of an Islamic Party in Malaysia is facing harsh criticism from women's groups after saying that women who do not want to be raped or molested should stop wearing lipstick and perfume. Nik Abdul Aziz, the spiritual leader of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, said even women who wear their Muslim head-scarves could arouse men by making themselves more attractive, according to the BBC. In turn, he said, women could end up being raped or molested.

Ivy Josiah, a leader of Women's Aid, told The Scotsman, Nik Aiz's comments suggest women are responsible or provoking men. She reminded that rape is an action chosen by men as an act of power and violence.

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Media Resources: BBC, 9/2/03, The Scotsman 9/3/03


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