(Washington Examiner) - Husbands should "lightly beat" their wives who refuse sex or decline to dress as their husband's wish, according to a set of draft legislative recommendations from a Pakistani constitutional body.
The 163-page document laying out extensive and detailed guidelines for what Pakistani women may and may not do — and how their husbands may enforce the rules — was written by the Council of Islamic Ideology, which is an influential body that makes recommendations to the parliament regarding Islamic laws.
The document also lays out other scenarios under which husbands may inflict "limited beatings" on their wives: If they do not bathe after intercourse or during menstruation, wear a hijab, of if they interact with strangers, speak loudly enough so the neighbors can hear or give away money without the consent of their spouse.
The beatings, however, should not be so harsh as to break any woman's bones, cut her skin or leave any marks, the council's leader Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani has said.
The document is a response by the 20-member council to a progressive, gender-equality bill pushed by Pakistan's Punjab province that sought to give women more rights. Dubbing the bill "un-Islamic," the council drafted its own set of recommendations laying out extensive restrictions on women while granting them a handful of rights.
It says women should be allowed to inherit property and shouldn't be forced into arranged marriages or subjected to acid attacks or honor killings. But under the proposal, they would be required to breastfeed their children for two years and couldn't use contraception without their husband's permission.
Currently in draft form, the draft bill is awaiting final approval by the council before being presented to the provincial legislature.Read More . . . .