Beat wives 'lightly': Pakistan court to men

May 27, 2016, 10:00 IST | Agencies

Islamabad: Pakistani husbands can ‘lightly’ beat their wives if they disobey, according to a controversial recommendation made by a state-affiliated Islamic body in its new women protection bill.

The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) enjoys constitutional status in Pakistan and gives non-binding proposals to the parliament to make laws according to Islam. The controversial alternative bill was prepared after the CII rejected Punjab’s Protection of Women against Violence Act (PPWA) 2015, as un-Islamic.

PPWA, passed by the Punjab assembly, gives legal protection to women from domestic, psychological and sexual violence. The proposed bill will now be forwarded to the Punjab Assembly.

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@BBhuttoZardari: Those proposing sexist & anti-women legislation are the ones who should be punished with a ‘light beating’.

Bans on women
>> ‘Lightly’ beat wife if she defies man’s command or doesn’t wear Hijab or turns down his demand of physical contact.
>> Ban co-education after primary education
>> Women can’t take part in military combat
>> No woman can welcome foreign delegations, talk to males or make visits with strangers

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