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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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In addition to Washington rally, Sister marches took place in multiple cities including New York City, Los Angeles and many more across the world.

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People hold an American flag during the second annual Women's March in Los Angeles, California, Jan. 20, 2018. VOA

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“Justice is about making sure that being polite is not the same thing as ‘being quiet”, says Alexandria Ocaso Cortez, Representative of the Bronx and New York while rallying in the women’s march in New York City.

The United States of America woke up on 19th January and saw thousands of women March for gender equality and bring pressing issues like the partial shutdown, Trump’s border wall and women’s reproductive rights to the light.

‘The crowd stretches so far that there’s no room left to march’ is how the first Women’s March was described when it was first held in 2016. Thousands of women marched together to show solidarity in lieu of  ‘Anti-Trump Sentiments’, a day after Donald Trump swore in as the President.

Women’s March of 2017 inspired millions to run, to vote and dozens to win elections. A women’s wave swept away the U.S. this midterm election, with record number of women being elected as representatives of the house. The wave, however, did not end there and brought together people of different color, races, sexualities and abilities during the rally which took place across the country.

Women’s March Disability Coordinator, Mia Ives-Rublee says,” My hope is to continue to talk about how these different identities interact, how we can support each other, and how its so important that we are able to talk about disabilities, especially in Asian-American Communities”.

This year’s march is different because the organizers of the march are pushing aheead with a solid agenda. There are really specific policy demands which are crafted by a policy table of 50-70 women who are movement and policy experts.

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People carrying signs join hundreds of demonstrators in the Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles, Jan. 20, 2018. VOA

Even after the recent disputes surrounding the leaders of the women’s march regarding  the allegations of anti-Semitism, many women turned up not wanting to lose a seat at the table and to make sure that anti-Semitism is something that is addressed.

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“We are going to shut down your disrespect of women and girls”, said Women’s Right Attorney Gloria Allerd and stimulated the crowd to: Resist, Insist and Persist.