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Islamic Ideology 101: Wife Beating


Photo: DFID - UK Department for International Development, original at: http://bit.ly/1WPSJSn

Pakistani women line up to vote in Rawalpindi.

In Pakistan today, the Council of Islamic Ideology, a think-tank comprised of Islamic clerics and scholars, proposed a bill that says it is ‘“un-Islamic” for women to leave an abusive relationship and seek refuge in a shelter‘, according to the Dawn newspaper, one of the nation’s largest English newspapers.

A man, “when needed”, may “‘lightly’ beat his wife if she defies his commands and refuses to dress up as per his desires, according to the Express-Tribune, another major Pakistani newspaper.

The Pakistani parliament is not required to vote on the measure which is, ironically, described as a “women’s protection bill”.

Photo credit: Rachel Clayton/Department for International Development

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