Pakistanis hit back as clerics say men can ‘lightly beat’ wives


THE media and activists in Pakistan poured scorn last Friday (27) on a suggestion from an Islamic 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 last Thursday (26), 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;…

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