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#TryBeatingMeLightly: Pakistani women backlash against CII bill proposal

CII proposal also states that female nurses are prohibited from taking care of male patients

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  • Fahhad Rajper, a Pakistani photographer launched an empowering photo series named #TryBeatingMeLightly
  • In a recent bill proposal, Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology advised that it was all right for husbands to “lightly” beat their wives for trivial offenses
  • The hash tag #TryBeatingMeLightly has gone viral in social media

In a recent bill proposal, Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology advised that it was all right for husbands to “lightly” beat their wives for trivial offenses, like refusing sex, not dressing according to the tastes of her husband and not bathing after sex or menstruation.

The proposal also states that female nurses are prohibited from taking care of male patients. It bans the presence of women in receptions that are held in the honour of visiting foreign dignitaries.

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CII is a council of people who advise the government on whether the laws are formed according to Islam. The bill proposed sparked outrage amongst the Pakistani population. A majority of the people condemned it and stated that it was outrageous.

Cindy Dyer. Wikipedia.org
Cindy Dyer. Wikipedia.org

Fahhad Rajper, a Pakistani photographer launched an empowering photo series named #TryBeatingMeLightly. The series showcases the reactions of Pakistani women from all spheres of life to the proposal. It features black and white photos with captions given by the women photographed.

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The album received over 700 shares within the first 24 hours itself. Within a week, the hashtag #TryBeatingMeLightly has gone viral in social media. The focus has shifted from Pakistan to the entire world. It is helping the issue of domestic violence come to light.

Cindy Dyer, Vice President of Human Rights for Women’s Advocacy Organisation by the Voices says that domestic violence is a global problem and it affects every country, including the United States of America.

Campaigns such as hash tag #TryBeatingMeLightly help bring attention to problems of domestic violence.

-By Devika Todi, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter- devika_todi

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  • devika todi

    this is really inspirational. in a society where women still need to struggle to have an equal voice, such campaigns are of great importance.

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Shikha Talsania’s Would Surprise You When Somebody Called Her ‘Moti’

I find it really interesting to read what people are saying about me: Shikha Talsania

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Anita Majumdar and Shikha Talsania, Midnight's Children, check out La Senza at Tastemakers Lounge
Anita Majumdar and Shikha Talsania, Midnight's Children, check out La Senza at Tastemakers Lounge, Flickr

Shikha Talsania, who was recently seen in one of the lead roles in a hit film, Veere Di Wedding, has said that she often faces body-shaming on social media, but she prefers to reply to them with “love and positivity”.

Talking about the incident, Shikha revealed that once somebody called her moti (fat) on social media, on which she gave her befitting reply and chose to reply to the troll with a “hug”. While speaking with Hindustan Times, “At the beginning of our promotions for Veere Di Wedding, somebody sent me a spurt of abuses like ‘moti, here’s the biggest gaali to you’. I responded by saying ‘kintu, parantu, bandhu, here’s a hug to you’. That’s all they need. And I really want to say them that don’t be a hater, be a lover.”

Shikha Talsania along with Co-actresses Of veerey di wedding
Shikha Talsania along with Co-actresses Of veerey di wedding. Flickr

She further said, “I find it really interesting to read what people are saying about me. Sometimes, I choose to respond and sometimes, I don’t. Most of the times, I don’t. I feel if I respond to them in the same way they write to me then it’ll take things to a different level.”

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“Somewhere, I always chose to respond [to trolls] with a lot of love and positivity. I feel trolling is such a lovely insight into human behaviour (grins). Honestly, I have never let it affect me too much,” Shikha added. (IANS)