Women protection bill will cause divisions within families and increase divorce rate: JUI-F chief

Published: February 29, 2016
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JUI-F Chief addressing party workers who were elected in the recently concluded local body elections in Sindh. PHOTO: ONLINE

JUI-F Chief addressing party workers who were elected in the recently concluded local body elections in Sindh. PHOTO: ONLINE

KARACHI: Days after the Punjab government passed the women protection bill, religious parties severely criticised it on Sunday, calling it an attempt to destroy the family system in Pakistan, even as the Punjab chief minister defended it.

Addressing party workers who were elected in the recently concluded local body elections in Sindh, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman lashed out at the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for passing the bill. He said it was against human values and will have a negative impact on society since domestic matters would be dragged to the police station. “It will cause divisions within families and the rate of divorce will increase,” he warned.

He contended that the Women’s Protection Bill (WPB) was a violation of the Constitution and Sharia, and announced that he would take the matter to court.

Separately, Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq told workers in Lahore that the bill had been rejected by women themselves. “The bill is tantamount to undermining our family system and would affect the relationship of respect between mothers, sisters and husbands.” He added that Western countries wanted to destroy our families, and social culture.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif defended the bill, saying, “Punjab government women development initiatives are in line with the vision of the Quaid-e-Azam.”“Role of women is critical for progress of Pakistan,” he went on to add.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 29th,  2016.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Tariq Qureshi
    Feb 29, 2016 - 1:51PM

    The role of religion in Europe died out a while back and their society is happy, free and developing. Bangladesh has been declared secular recently and I assure you its on the path of progress now. We need to do the same and bury these dinosaurs in Pakistan. All they care about us their personal glory, power and wealth which is tied directly to people being kept illiterate and unaware of their rights.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Feb 29, 2016 - 2:35PM

    @Tariq Qureshi:
    Well said. Every society has its problems, with or without religion. But one can easily believe that people like Fazl and his minions are more the problem rather than the solution in a country like Pakistan.Recommend

  • someone
    Feb 29, 2016 - 3:24PM

    Will someone shut this mad man up . Women have rights too even for divorce why should be stuck to man who beats her up or is not happy with her . Whats wrong with these people .Recommend

  • Feb 29, 2016 - 5:28PM

    When we make a list of what’s wrong with this country, this guys at the top of it.Recommend

  • G. Din
    Mar 29, 2016 - 5:05PM

    How does this item pertain to India?Recommend

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