This linkage of ‘honour’ does
even more besides promoting silence and encouraging rapists; it encourages
victim-blaming. Upon hearing of a rape case, society often starts to shift the
blame to the victim or her family – questioning the way she was dressed or
carelessness in movements. The focus is immediately shifts to reform women and
children expecting them to dress in a certain way or to limit their movements.
It should come to no surprise then, that many people on social media began
blaming Zainab’s parents for leaving her alone at home to perform Umrah. As if
rape only takes place when a woman or child is home alone. This victim-blaming
attitude needs to stop because this does nothing more than justify violence
against women and this line of thinking needs to change.