Pakistani men can beat wives 'lightly', suggests Islamic council

Islamabad: Pakistan's Council of Islamic Ideology has proposed a bill, which allows men to beat their wives "lightly" if needed and as a form of "discipline". This Bill is seen as a response to the Punjab assembly's women protection bill which was opposed by many religious parties and CII mentioning it "un-Islamic" . According to a report published in The Express Tribune, the 163-page proposal, "A husband should be allowed to lightly beat his wife if she defies his commands and refuses to dress up as per his desires, turns down the demand of intercourse without any religious excuse or does not take a bath after intercourse or menstrual periods." The proposal also allows a husband to beat his wife if she interacts with strangers, speaks too loudly, gives cash to others without informing her husband, denies to wear hijab. The bill also asks for ban on co-education after primary education, ban on women in taking part in war or military activities, a ban on welcoming foreign officials, a ban on working in advertisements. Besides, female nurses shouldn't be allowed to take care of male patients. However, the bill allows women to participate in politics and become judges.