The 20-member Council of Islamic Ideology in Pakistan has proposed allowing a man to ‘lightly beat’ his wife if she commits certain ‘offences’. The council which is a constitutional body of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan advises the government but cannot make laws.
The council proposes women can be beaten for a raft of offences including refusal to have sex without a religious excuse, failure to bathe after intercourse and periods, for speaking so loudly that strangers can hear them and not wearing hijabs.
The bill further advises that women should be banned from military combat, welcoming foreign delegations and appearing in advertisements, and must have spousal consent to give monetary support to somebody.
Also, it suggests that female nurses should be banned from taking care of male patients and there should be no co-education after primary school.
The bill advises that a woman must not interact with strangers and that abortion after 120 days should be declared murder.
However on the softer side, it says that a woman can participate in politics without the permission of her parents and that anyone who tries to force women to marry should be jailed for ten years.
The bill didn’t receive the council’s unanimous approval; three of its members rejected some of the proposals in the bill during heated discussion led by Chairman Muhammad Khan Sheerani while the only female member of the council, Dr Sameeha Raheel Qazi, was not present on Wednesday when it was being put forward.