Tuesday December 11, 2018

Islamic Council says Pakistani husbands can “lightly beat” their wives

The council, also Known as CII believes that it is “un –Islamic” for a women to leave an abusive relationship and look for an escape.

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This year Punjab approved a law in Pakistan which gives women protection and escape from abusive husbands, but it has been strongly opposed by the Council of Islamic Ideology.

The council, also Known as CII believes that it is “un –Islamic” for a women to leave an abusive relationship and look for escape.

Council said it wanted to spread its own proposal before the bill is expanded in other parts of Pakistan whose draft is now complete. The draft also contains a law opposing the new one in favour of women. It says — husbands should be allowed to “lightly beat” their wives.

“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 demand of intercourse without any religious excuse or does not take bath after intercourse or menstrual periods,” the report states, according to Pakistan’s Express-Tribune newspaper.

People protesting outside Council of Islamic Ideology . Image Source : tribune.com.pk
  • Currently, Pakistan’s domestic violence abuse laws are vague, although prosecution even in the most heinous cases has been rare.
  • CII claims that the proposal is based on sharia law and koranic teaching which also seek to allow domestic if the women disagrees to cover her face in public or interacts with strangers; speaks loud enough that she can easily be heard by strangers; and provides monetary support to people without taking consent of her spouse.
  • The proposal contains 163 page document which will ban pakistani women from appearing in television or print advertising campaigns and would prohibit female nurses from treating male patients. It would also give a husband permission to forbid his wife from visiting males other than relatives.
  • “It shows the decadent mind-set of some elements who are part of the council. The proposed bill has nothing to do with Islam and it would just bring a bad name to this country.” Said Farzana Bari , an human rights activist based in Islamabad.
  • Pakistan has a reputation of lagging behind in women rights but women had enjoyed the power of voting since 1947 when it got separated from India.
  • In 1988, Pakistani’s elected the late Benazir Bhutto as prime minister, the first Muslim-majority nation to install a female head of state.
  • Even CII the proposed document contain a law which allows pakistani women to marry without the permission of her parents.
  • CII also proposed that there should be a wait up of 120 days after conception before abortion can be declared “murder.
  • But Bari hopes the Pakistani public sees the document for what it is: a cringe-worthy example of why the CII should be disbanded.
  • “Violence against women can’t be accepted, and it’s time for the nation to stand up to people who come up with such proposed laws,” Bari said.

-by Bhaskar Raghavendran

Bhaskar is a graduate in Journalism and mass communication and a reporter at NewsGram. Twitter handle: bhaskar_ragha

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  • Pritam Go Green

    This is totally insane. Sexual intercourse is done with mutual understanding. Forcefully u can’t rape someone just because you are the husband. And who are these idiots (ISIS) to define laws of Muslims communities. This is totally unacceptable.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    The CII should not be talking about women welfare unless they don’t know what it really is. They should at least have one women on board so that they get a better idea of what women in Pakistan really want.

  • Chetna Karnani

    Releasing fatwaas that subjugate women (forget even about their basic rights), marital rapes and the Sharia Law of course have been fundamental for the Islamic community. Lightly beating is still beating a human who is supposed to be treated equal to you.

  • Ashwati Menon

    How can people be so stupid. If their mother or sister is beaten up by their husbands will they still be in support of the ideology of women getting beaten lightly?

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  • Pritam Go Green

    This is totally insane. Sexual intercourse is done with mutual understanding. Forcefully u can’t rape someone just because you are the husband. And who are these idiots (ISIS) to define laws of Muslims communities. This is totally unacceptable.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    The CII should not be talking about women welfare unless they don’t know what it really is. They should at least have one women on board so that they get a better idea of what women in Pakistan really want.

  • Chetna Karnani

    Releasing fatwaas that subjugate women (forget even about their basic rights), marital rapes and the Sharia Law of course have been fundamental for the Islamic community. Lightly beating is still beating a human who is supposed to be treated equal to you.

  • Ashwati Menon

    How can people be so stupid. If their mother or sister is beaten up by their husbands will they still be in support of the ideology of women getting beaten lightly?

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The Hindu Temple of Gulyana and Sikh Samadhi in Pakistan

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Gulyana, Pakistan

By: Wali Imran (Hindu Council of Australia)

900 years old Gulyana town of about a 50,000 people, just a few kilometers South of Gujar Khan, was raised to the ground once several centuries ago, by raiders from the West. The second time it was destroyed during the 1947 partition riots.

Gulyana, Pakistan

Before 1947, the Gulyana town center was mostly Hindu and Sikh. The Hindus and Sikh owned all the businesses in the town center and Muslims were their tenants, peasants and laborers. Muslims sold their lands to pay off their debts and also handed over their crop of wheat. The Dewan, Dutt, Mohyal Brahmin, and Singh families were always part of royal elite.

Bollywood Star Sanjay Dutt is from the same branch of warrior Brahmin Dutt and belongs to the same place.

Gulyana, Pakistan

Land owners were guaranteed protection from military’s presence in Gujar Khan from the North and a rivulet from the south. This land produced sheer gold and wealthy Sikhs and Hindus lived like kings in mansions make of stone, several storey high.

Gulyana, Pakistan

Bakshi Tek Chand, Dewan Prithvi Chand Dutt, Bakshi Moti Ram and Tara Singh were the dominant names of those times.  They built temples, dug up wells for the 30-50 kanal holdings each and distributed these lands amongst their permanent serfs. They did however, treat their serfs with respect and gave them a good share of the crop — what do you expect from absentee landlords.

Gulyana, Pakistan

The Sikh had a timber business. Logs from Kashmir valley were dumped into Jhelum River and recovered downstream near Jhelum city to be sold at Gujar Khan.

The Hindus were mostly traders, money lenders and retailers.

Gulyana, Pakistan

Muslims were mostly illiterate and poor and were destined to stay that way considering the only quality boarding school in nearby Gujar Khan had 95% non-muslim attendance.

During the 1947 riots, one Sikh Bali Singh and one Hindu Lady Banto were killed in the riots but the rest were whisked away with their gold, in the safety of Gorkha soldiers. The Muslim riot crowd burnt to the ground the several symbols of oppression and got rich in the process, during the looting.

One Hindu tehsildar had the magistrate’s powers to jail someone for 6 months.

Gulyana, Pakistan

When the British left suddenly in 1947, the carefully crafted social experiment in native subjugation came crumbling down within days.

Otherwise, one 100 years old resident of Gulyana tells me, “the Hindus and Sikh were very friendly towards the Muslims, their women played around with the boys, molvi were not trouble makers then; they cared about their serfs and neighbors’, built schools, hospitals and wells for the general public. No Muslim was allowed into their kitchen however. Balraj, Sita, Beera, Ramu Shikari, Gujrati, Peecha Singh, Mangat Singh, Jawals Singh, Raab Singh, Gurdyal, were the well-known Hindus and Labbu, Gurra, Jagdev, Santa, Paacha, Chatru were the known Sikh of the time. One Tek Chand Never left for India and embraced Islam. His wife and three sons left for India. Tek Chand married a Muslim lady and had seven children. They are all in poverty now. Several of the old mansion, one dhramsala, one temple, several bowlis (watering hole) have been lost to time.

Gulyana, Pakistan

The surrounding farms around Gulyana were refreshing. The old styled spoke wells, Sikh Samadhi, Hindu temple and 100 years old Gujarati’s mansion still survives.Gulyana, Pakistan

I went into the temple inner sanctum and saw the most beautiful frescos of mixed Hindu and Sikh religious figures like hanuman, Krishna, Sita, Baba Guru Nanak, Bala, Mardana, etc.

Gulyana, Pakistan

 

Pakistan government build a dam 5 km upstream, called the Ugahaun; it’s a lovely place to fish and boat around.

The union council in 1947 had more financial powers than it does today.

In short, all the entrepreneurs, educators, administrator, jurisprudence people, revenue people, land record people and large scale farmers left in 1947.

Gulyana, Pakistan

I am astonished how Pakistan survived with an illiterate mass of people, steeped in poverty — traumatized by exploitation and mass killings.

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Bedi Mahal, Pharwala fort, Malot fort, Sangini fort, Rawat fort and Mankial Stupa. (Hindu Council of Australia)