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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

  • 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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