Council of Islamic Ideology’ recommendations that men should be allowed to “lightly beat” their wives, which is part of their draft of a women’s protection bill, has been met with contempt and mockery by Pakistanis. Social media and activists heaped condemnations on the reprehensible recommendation from CII.
On Thursday, May 27 the Islamic body released draft of the women’ protection bill which was in response to the legislation in Punjab; bestowing greater rights and ensured their protection. The recommendations were welcomed by a wave of jeering and taunting.
In the thick of action, media quoted the draft saying: “A husband should be allowed to lightly beat his wife if she defies his commands and refuses to dress up as per his desires; turns down demand of intercourse without any religious excuse or does not take bath after intercourse or menstrual periods.”
The draft was castigated by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan which termed the CII’ recommendations “ridiculous” and demanded that the council of “zealots” to be split. “It is difficult to comprehend why anyone in his right mind would think that any further encouragement or justification is needed to invite violence upon women in Pakistan,” the HRCP remarked in a statement.
“As much as the HRCP wanted not to dignify with any comment the ridiculous CII recommendations regarding ‘light beating’ of women, the commission thinks it is imperative that every right-respecting person must condemn such counsel unreservedly. The irony of calling the measures women protection should not be lost on anyone,” the HRCP went on to state.
“We hope and expect that things will be different this time and the draft bill will be condemned unreservedly by all segments of society, especially by the government, and that those choosing to stay silent or to support the regressive recommendations would be judged for their stance,” the commission stated.