Men in Pakistan can lightly beat their wives says Islamic Council


Islamabad: The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) in Pakistan proposed legislation that would allow men to lightly beat their wives if they refuse sex or decline to wear outfits preferred by their husbands. CII proposal is sparkling anger in Pakistan.

The CII says it has to finalize the 160-page draft before it is sent to lawmakers in the Punjab province, the country's most populated region, for approval.

As well as beatings for wives who decline to have sex with their husbands, the document also advocates men use "limited violence" on spouses who do not bathe after intercourse or during menstruation.

The CII is a constitutional body formed in 1962 that advises the Parliament on the compatibility of laws with the Sharia.

Other instances wherein women deserve a mild punishment are- not wearing a hijab, talking to strangers, lending cash to someone without the husband’s permission and speaking too loudly. They are not supposed to use birth control pills without the husband’s permission and are also not permitted to receive non-relatives and foreign officials.

"Hit her in areas where her skin is not too thick and not too thin," CII leader Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani told a press conference in Islamabad on Thursday. "Do not use shoes or a broom on the head, or hit her on the nose or eyes."

"Do not break any bones or cut her skin or leave any marks," he added. "Do not hit her vindictively, but only for reminding her about her religious duties."

The CII cannot make laws itself but gives suggestions to Pakistan's government and parliament.