Pakistanis hit back at wife beating proposal

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Pakistanis hit back at wife beating proposal

Islamabad - The proposal was met with a wave of mockery in the media and online on Friday.


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Published: Sun 29 May 2016, 5:08 PM

Last updated: Mon 30 May 2016, 9:02 AM

  Pakistani media and activists poured scorn on Friday on a suggestion from a religious body that men should be allowed to "lightly beat" their wives, made in their draft of a women's protection bill.
The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) released a draft of the bill on Thursday, their response to progressive legislation giving women greater rights and protection in the province of Punjab.
Local media quoted the draft as 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 proposal was met with a wave of mockery in the media and online on Friday.
The country's biggest and most influential newspaper, the English-language daily Dawn, published a satirical article with a list of things people could beat other than their wives - including eggs, the bottom of ketchup bottles, and the Michael Jackson hit Beat It.
The draft was also slammed by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), which condemned its recommendations as "ridiculous" and called for the council of "zealots" to be disbanded. "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 stated.
Online in Pakistan, the bill was met with derision. "This body should be dissolved, preferably in acid," wrote one Twitter user, as others expressed bafflement and anger.
Women in Pakistan have fought for their rights for decades, in a country where so-called honour killings and acid attacks remain commonplace.
But the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Bill redefines "violence" to include "any offence committed against a woman" including things like domestic or emotional abuse, stalking or cybercrimes. 

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