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JUI Chief Opposes Women Protection Bill, Says He Will Not Let Pakistan Become Secular State



Maulana Fazlur Rehman and other religious political parties have openly opposed the Women Protection Bill that was passed on February 25, 2016.

Expressing his views, the Jamait-e-Islami (JUI) chief, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that he would not let Pakistan become a secular state.

“We are with all those who want to end violence against women but by this law the country is going from one extreme position to another,” he remarked while addressing a news conference on Tuesday.

He said the law does not adhere to the values of Pakistani society and contradicted religious beliefs. “This law is in conflict with the Holy Quran, the life of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Constitution of Pakistan and values of our country.”

Talking about the legislation, he said that his party is not against the system of lawmaking but it should be done keeping in view the Islamic principles.

The historic bill gives a lot of powers to women and tries to ensure that women do not become subject to domestic violence, eve teasing or cybercrime.

The bill has 31 clauses, and provides a system for complaint registration as well as penalties for offenders.

Under the law, a family court would fix hearing within seven days from receipt of the complaint. The defendant will have to show cause in court in the same week. All complaints would be decided within 90 days from the day of the receipt.

Since its passing one case of domestic violence from Lahore has already been registered under the said law.