Pakistan’s religious body said that it is un-Islamic for women to leave abusive relationship and take refuge in shelter.
The religious body known as Council of Islamic Ideology ( CII )opposed Punjab province law that allows women to come out of abusive relationships. The religious body has now prepared a new draft proposal. According to this the husbands can ‘lightly ‘beat disobeying wives.
CII rejected Punjab’s Protection of Women against Violence Act (PPWA) as un-Islamic.
Pakistan’s Express-Tribune news paper reports that if the wife ” 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 suggested that a beating is also permissible if a woman does not observe Hijab, interacts with strangers, speaks loudly and provides monetary support to people without the consent of her husband.
Female nurses should not be allowed to take care of male patients and women should be banned from working in advertisements, it said.
It also recommended that an abortion after 120 days of conceiving should be declared ‘murder’.
However, it said, a woman can join politics and contract a Nikah without the permission of parents.
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, it said.
The CII enjoys constitutional status in Pakistan and gives non-binding proposals to Parliament to make laws.
The law passed by the Punjab assembly, gives legal protection to women from domestic, psychological and sexual violence, and calls for the creation of a toll-free abuse reporting hot line and the establishment of women’s shelters.