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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.”

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