The editor of Newsweek Pakistan made the baffling and outrageous claim that child molestation sometimes leads to great art in a Tuesday tweet.
Fasih Ahmed, editor and publisher of Newsweek Pakistan, claimed that child molestation will always exist and will always continue, regardless of outrage or campaigns against it.
“The sexual abuse of children will always exist. You can never eliminate it. Sometimes it leads to great art. So there’s also that,” Ahmed said, before referencing a #MeToo movement in Pakistan launched by the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl.
The original tweet appears to have been scrubbed, it has been preserved in the form of a screen grab:
The tweet touched off a firestorm of condemnations, including the following:
— Soheil Khanzada (@SoheilKhanzada) January 23, 2018
Just because it has always been happening doesn’t make it right nor acceptable
— vrpakistan (@vrpakistann) January 23, 2018
Lots of things have ‘always happened’, eg murder, rape, genocide. Societies have universally condemned these to maintain sanity and sanctity of human life and dignity. There is no art to derived from primitive and psychotic impulses. There’s no case for it other than insanity
— Javed (@javedhassan) January 23, 2018
So, obviously you speak from the standpoint of a victim, make some suggestions… if you’re not a victim then you speak from a vile heart that mocks those braver than 1/2 the world who allows their religion to condone it. YES or NO???
— ROBIN BOLT (@RobinRBolt) January 23, 2018
what a dirt bag of a person you’re. Atleast people are highlighting & making noise unlike you who is just trying to make jokes. What an idiot. Shameful aspect of our society when it comes to literati like you. #thisidiotshouldbesacked @Newsweek
— sehrish syed (@sehrishsyed) January 24, 2018
A tweet posted by Ahmed the following day attempted to explain away the original tweet by noting that the author’s ideas were “poorly phrased” and “misread.”
My tweets of yesterday were coming from anger, were poorly phrased, and misread. I’m sorry to have upset the people who have survived child abuse. I have been angry at the conspiracy of silence around this evil. #MeToo #StopChildAbuse
— Fasih Ahmed (@therealfasih) January 24, 2018
In the meantime, an Associated Press report noted that Islamic schools in Pakistan are rife with sexual abuse of young boys, with the AP reportedly finding hundreds of cases where clerics had inappropriately touched children over the past ten years.
No explanation has been given for the bizarre claim that “child molestation sometimes leads to great art.” Neither has one been provided for why Ahmed avatar on Twitter is a stylized profile of Donald Trump:
This report, by Amber Randall, was cross posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.