CII get­ting ir­rel­e­vant

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - TOOBA KHAN

The CII with­out doubt has let down many. Its pro­posal of al­low­ing men to lightly beat their wives is dis­gust­ing to say the least. What most peo­ple fail to see through is the fact that most things in this bill do not ac­tu­ally defy re­li­gion at all, a lot of things are ac­cord­ing to shariah stan­dards, at least the same shariah that most mul­lahs un­der­stand. But, is it nec­es­sary? No. Do we need this bill? Def­i­nitely not. Do we even need this Coun­cil? Hardly. And it’s ex­tremely ironic how this Coun­cil’s re­li­gion is al­ways re­volv­ing around women.

I could name a mil­lion things in this state that have no Is­lamic ba­sis at all, if we are re­ally go­ing to go that way, why not have com­pul­sory beards for all men, and then we should also ban hang­ing and start be­head­ing pris­on­ers in­stead. But no, it is only women that need straight­en­ing out, ac­cord­ing to CII. For the past few days count­less re­li­gious schol­ars have ar­gued on Talk-shows about how noth­ing in the bill is against Is­lam or in any­way an­ti­women; in fact, it is all for mere pro­tec­tion of the gen­der. Do they fail to un­der­stand this so­ci­ety at all? Can they not see how il­lit­er­ate and ig­no­rant these masses are? When you al­low a man to beat his wife lightly, firstly, who de­fines ‘lightly’ for them. Se­condly, you keep quot­ing Qu­ran but does any­body bother ex­plain­ing it to these il­lit­er­ate masses? This so­ci­ety is not ready for this ridicu­lous bill, and they def­i­nitely do not need it, in fact even CII is pretty use­less.

—Karachi

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