Women – “Lightly Beaten”

Dear Pakistan – please do  not listen to these morons!

The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has proposed its own women protection bill, recommending ‘a light beating’ for the wife if she defies the husband. The 20-member CII is a constitutional body which gives recommendations to parliament regarding Islamic laws. However, parliament is not bound to consider its recommendations. The bill was drafted after the CII rejected Punjab’s controversial Protection of Women against Violence Act (PPWA) 2015 terming it un-Islamic. The CII will now forward its proposed bill to the Punjab Assembly. The council has proposed that 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.

It has suggested that a beating is also permissible if a woman does not observe Hijab; interacts with strangers; speaks loud enough that she can easily be heard by strangers; and provides monetary support to people without taking consent of her spouse. Available with The Express Tribune, a copy of 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.

Inside the Bubble

A contagious disease requires you to be put into quarantine for a whole month (don’t worry, you get well by the time you’re free to go!). How would you spend your time in isolation?

Well that would be…it’s not something nasty is it? It won’t cause certain body parts to get damaged and/or fall off will it? If that is the case then no thank you. If not…let’s see.

Ok so if I had to go through that the good thing is that I would be free for a month. As long as I get the sick leave from work and do not loose too much of my salary, yeah I could go for doing nothing all month long. I will spend it much as I spend my downtime – I will be holed up in my room, listening to music, watching Youtube videos and browsing the internet, keeping up on Facebook and Twitter and watching tv shows, marathoning scifi shows and all the movies I could possibly want to watch. I might even read a few books.

I would just relax and chill at home let myself recuperate and enjoy the freedom. Not being able to go out will suck but I can get food delivered right? And ofcourse yes, if I could get a day or two in advance so I could buy some beer too – that would be awesome.

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