Seriously? Pakistani men can ‘lightly’ beat their wives if she ‘defies his commands,’ Islamic council says
‘Protection for women is un-islamic? Seriously people, aren’t we missing something about NOT turning women into chattels?’
According to The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), made up of Islamic scholars and clerics: A law granting “legal protection to women from domestic, psychological and sexual violence” is “un-Islamic”
CII- ‘A husband can beat his wife, so long as it’s done “lightly.”’
A woman should be beaten if she doesn’t wear hijab, or if she speaks too loudly.
Female nurses should not be allowed to take care of male patients Women should be banned from working in advertising
Women can not give out money without the permission of their husbands
CII- protection for women is “un-Islamic”
The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), made up of Islamic scholars and clerics, drafted up a sickening proposal this week to Pakistani legislators, the Washington Post reported.
“If you want her to mend her ways, you should first advise her. … If she refuses, stop talking to her … stop sharing a bed with her, and if things do not change, get a bit strict,” Muhammad Kahn Sherani, head of the CII, told Pakistan’s Express-Tribune newspaper.
The CII is a powerful constitutional body, and drafted the proposal in response to The Women’s Protection Act, CNN said. The act gives “unprecedented” legal protection to women from domestic, psychological and sexual violence – protections that the CII have called “un-Islamic”
The country has a bad track record in protection of Women’s rights which has led to protests by victims
Sherani said that “the whole law is wrong,” according to the Independent, and cited passages from the Koran.
“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 CII’s report states.
Sherani defines “light beating” as, “Hit her with light things like handkerchief, a hat or a turban, but do not hit her on the face or private parts.”
The CII’s proposal adds that a woman should be beaten if she doesn’t wear hijab, or if she speaks too loudly.
She also cannot give out money without the permission of her husband. The CII does allow for women to participate in politics, and believes women of age don’t need a guardian to accompany them places.
The 163-page bill proposes several bans on women:
It says there should be a ban on co-education after primary education, ban on women from taking part in military combat, ban on welcoming foreign delegations, interacting with males and making recreational visits with ‘Na-Mehram’.
It says female nurses should not be allowed to take care of male patients and recommends that women should be banned from working in advertisements.
It recommends that an abortion after 120 days of conceiving should be declared ‘murder’. However, it says a woman can join politics and contract a Nikah without permission of parents.
The bill suggests that anyone who tries to force women to marry with the Holy Quran or facilitate this should be awarded 10-year imprisonment. Similarly, the proposed bill says if any non-Muslim woman is forced to convert, then the oppressor will be awarded three-year imprisonment while the woman will not be murdered if she reverts to her previous faith.
JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and other leaders attend a joint meeting of religious organisations on Women Protection Bill in Lahore on March
The CII has previously ruled that a rape case can’t be brought to court until four male witnesses are present to testify to the incident, the Independent noted, and DNA evidence can’t be used in rape cases at all.
A CII official said that changes can still be made to the report before it is passed off to Pakistani lawmakers.
Earlier in March this year, The Women’s Protection Act was passed by Punjab Assembly , which gives legal protection to women from domestic, psychological and sexual violence., while calling for the creation of a toll-free abuse reporting hot line, women’s shelters and district-level panels to investigate reports of abuse and mandates the use of GPS bracelets to keep track of offenders.
A month later, more than 35 religious parties and groups came together for a conference called by the Jamaat-e-Islami party and condemned the country’s women’s protection law as un-Islamic.
“The controversial law to protect women was promulgated to accomplish the West’s agenda to destroy the family system in Pakistan,” read the joint declaration issued at the end of the concrescence. “This act … is redundant and would add to the miseries of women.”
The passage of the The Women’s Protection Act was initially welcomed by rights groups, but spirits have since dampened as conservative voices have increasingly called for its retraction.
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