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fused to reconsider. “Society is not the media. They’re two different things. And we will not reconsider the recommendations. This is according to the Holy Quran, you cannot ask someone to reconsider the Holy Quran.”
Last month, after media and activists poured scorn on CII’s suggestion, Sheerani softened his tone stating ‘violence’ was not permissible in the religion.
“Do not try to relate our proposal (on beating women) with violence. Light beating does not mean violence,” he explained.
“The issue has been blown totally out of proportions. Everyone condemns violence. People need to be educated to stay away from violence.”
He added that both men and women should refrain from inflicting physical violence on one another. But the CII chief did not back down on the council’s recommendations that ‘light beating’ of wives was permissible.
“If you want her (a wife) to mend her ways, you should first advise her,” Maulana Sheerani explained to The Express Tribune after his press conference. “If she refuses, stop talking to her. Still if she does not show compliance, stop sharing a bed with her, and if things do not change, get a bit strict.”
Maulana Sheerani went on to detail what he meant by ‘beating’. “Hit her with light things like handkerchief, a hat or a turban, but do not hit her on the face or private parts. And the beating should not cause any kind of physical damage or even scratches. Resort to light stuff, nothing serious.”