Domestic violence bill: JUI-F calls for action against 'interfering' NGOs

Published: April 7, 2012

JUI-F members say the domestic violence bill is being pushed by NGOs with a western agenda.

ISLAMABAD: Announcing a countrywide strike against the tabling of Domestic Violence Bill, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl group on Saturday demanded legal action against Non-Governmental-Organisations (NGOs), women supporting the bill.

The JU-F, which has already declared its opposition to the passage of the bill in its current form, saying it would fight it ‘tooth and nail’. The group had warned NGOs to stop supporting a bill which represents ‘western culture’.

“We will not let these senseless women, who depend on American dollars, to work against the Constitution and Islamic Shariah,” a statement issued by JUI-F Islamabad media coordinator Jamshid Abbasi. “Minting dollars in the name of women rights, representatives (women) of these NGOs are earning bad name for Islam.”

JUI-F Islamabad Amir Maulana Abdul Majid Hazarvi was quoted in the statement as being irked over what he termed interference by NGOs in Parliamentary affairs, before calling for legal action to be taken against such members. “How are foreign hands backing them to interfere in our constitutional affairs?” he asked, before demanding that the government should drop all controversial clauses of this bill.”

Leaders of JUI-F said that some women representing NGOs, were trying to impose their dollar driven agenda under the garb of promoting human rights.

They added that the public would never allow Pakistan to be held hostage by a few women.

NGO women dismiss agenda pushing allegations

Leading human rights activist, Dr Farzana Bari, in response to the JUI-F statement, said that allegations were that the Domestic Violence bill was being pushed by US dollars, was baseless. She said that protection of women from domestic violence is the demand of every Pakistani woman. The bill, she said, was drafted by the country’s lawmakers in the standing committees represented by all political parties including the JUI-F.
Human rights activist and filmmaker, Samar Minallah said the protest was against the language and insensitivity shown by JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazl ur Rehman in the Parliament when the bill was introduced on April 4, 2012. It was a protest against a particular mindset. A mindset that tends to trivialise and politicise all women rights issues,” she told The Express Tribune.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • akhroot
    Apr 7, 2012 - 11:58PM

    Lots of JUI-F people would be arrested as they engage in domestic violence that is why they oppose it.

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  • Apr 8, 2012 - 12:42AM

    JUI-F I support your cause…keep it up.

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  • shakrullah
    Apr 8, 2012 - 1:18AM

    Painful and shocking——the attitude of the JU-F leaders . May God forgive them for they know
    not how they are distorting and defacing Islam .

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  • Cautious
    Apr 8, 2012 - 1:55AM

    Classic Pakistan – if you don’t like something blame it on foreigners. Your religion doesn’t give you a right to take away someones basic rights to dignity and freedom.

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  • Huma
    Apr 8, 2012 - 2:46AM

    the prophet was against domestic violence…. the maulana and his supporters should be careful of giving blasphemous statements…. remember that law/ its the one they back whole-heartedly.

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  • Mirza
    Apr 8, 2012 - 8:57AM

    @Huma: Nothing would happen to these extremists and Mullahs. The laws are made and only applied against minorities and women. Courts are also in their pockets.
    Regards,
    Mirza

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  • Ellie
    Apr 8, 2012 - 8:41PM

    The article seems to fail in elaborating on what are the objectionable parts of the bill which JUI F seem uncomfortable with. .

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  • Azmat
    Apr 9, 2012 - 5:58PM

    I support Fazal ur Rehman on this issue.

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