By YKA Staff:
The Council of Islamic Ideology, also known as CII, recently proposed a bill to authorise husbands to exercise “limited violence” at home if required. According to the proposal, “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.”
A proposed set of guidelines for domestic violence is not only hideous but outrageous and shameful too, especially in a country like Pakistan, where women are anyway treated as second-class citizens, where discrimination against women is a daily phenomenon, where women are not only oppressed financially but physically and sexually too. And to add to that, Pakistan is the third-most dangerous country in the world for women to live in according to an article published by The New Economy.
No sooner did the proposed bill surface did it whip up a storm across the nation. People, from different walks of life, started opposing it vehemently.
Those proposing sexist & anti-women legislation are the ones who should be punished with a 'light beating'.
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) May 26, 2016
#TryBeatingMeLightly and I will break your jaw in thousand pieces.
— ™® آخری دَرویش (@Dervishious) May 30, 2016
#TryBeatingMeLightly and I'll make sure that you are never even able to touch anyone.
— Uswa (@Uswalii) May 30, 2016
Photographer Fahhad Rajper shared a series of portraits of Pakistani women and featured their reactions to the bill. He named it #TryBeatingMeLightly, to defy what the bill proposed.