‘Gentle beating’ of wife is no violence, says CII chief

Published: May 27, 2016
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Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology, Maulana Muhammad Khan Sheerani. PHOTO: FILE

Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology, Maulana Muhammad Khan Sheerani. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD / LAHORE: After the top constitutional body on Islamic laws recommended ‘a light beating’ for women’ sparking outrage, the body’s chairman softened his tone stating ‘violence’ is not permissible in the religion.

“Do not try to relate our proposal (on beating women) with violence. Light beating does not mean violence,” explained Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) Chairman Mualana Muhammad Khan Sherani after a press briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.

CII proposes husbands be allowed to ‘lightly beat’ defying wives

“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 Sherani 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 Sherani 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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Earlier during the press briefing, Maulana Sherani avoided a direct response to queries regarding CII’s proposal on slight physical punishment of women

“The reality is, there are some individual and some collective responsibilities on a man,” he said. “Tell me, why do the governments follow the policy of reward and punishment? It is for the collective good of all. Similarly, husbands have some rights that are for the collective benefit of society…..but fathers or husbands do not have permission to cause physical damage to their daughters or wives…. They should avoid inflicting any kind of physical injuries.”

To a query whether he deemed it permissible for women to beat men, Sherani made light of it. “If women start beating their men in the head, the men would get bald,” he joked before going on to say “Both men and women should refrain from violence.”

Religious groups say law protecting women from abuse ‘un-Islamic’

The CII chairman also commented on the inclusion of women in the armed forces noting that they cannot be “dragged into defence-related matters.” However, he said women can join the defence services and security departments out of their free will following mutual consultation with husbands or fathers. He also implied an endorsement of professional training of women in defence or security services by male trainers. “Exploitation should not be there.”

Punjab differs on CII proposal

Female members of the Punjab Assembly on Thursday dismissed the CII set of proposals noting that it differs widely from the Punjab law.

“Through their proposed recommendations they have reflected their mindset,” said Raheela Khadim, chair of the Punjab Assembly’s standing committee on gender. She also called for reviewing the legal space in which CII exercised. “We are talking about holding wife beaters accountable and they are proposing something in complete contrast” she added.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 27th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • Maryam
    May 27, 2016 - 9:21AM

    someone gently beat him please….he is defying humanity…Recommend

  • HINA
    May 27, 2016 - 9:26AM

    Is this guy serious!!!

    Why is there no accountability on the nature of statements being issued by himRecommend

  • Raju
    May 27, 2016 - 10:08AM

    Glad to note the thoughtful, brave and rational questions posed by the Pakistani press and individuals…shows hope that these kinds of people and organisations will not last long. However it is disturbing to note that CII is a semi-constitutional body in Pakistan!! Very bad for the country’s reputation if this is seen as an official statement…Recommend

  • Peter
    May 27, 2016 - 10:09AM

    It is amusing how everyone is bashing this fella and no one wants to talk about the source of his brilliant ideas. Seems like most of ‘muslims’ either do not read or understand the chapter about women (Nisa, I think it is called). If you have to criticize, do that to your good book. Recommend

  • Mohammed Wani
    May 27, 2016 - 10:35AM

    I doubt any one of us have any understanding of our holy scriptures. This is what happens when we convert from one religion to another out of compulsion and to top that we behave as though we are the custodians of the religion.Recommend

  • Hameed
    May 27, 2016 - 10:44AM

    Don’t call it beating, call it spanking.Recommend

  • Timour
    May 27, 2016 - 10:49AM

    Some real 50 shades of grey stuff being recommended here…Recommend

  • May 27, 2016 - 11:00AM

    Beating is beating. If we say beating with handkerchief or hat is gentle “Well i disagree”.

    What is my opinion Beating is a work which go not stand with word gentle.

    Here he is saying Beating with handkerchief or turban hat is not serious. well i say he is mad

    I believe that if i beat someone i am hurting one. i am insulting the one.
    So i say beating = insulting
    one must lightly advise one if his/her had done some mistake.Recommend

  • Rajesh
    May 27, 2016 - 11:28AM

    Why this gentle thought of beating also should crop up in your mind?Recommend

  • Zhobi Kakar
    May 27, 2016 - 11:38AM

    I thought a demonstration by sherani and his cohort on TV network will go a long way to enlighten the people to administer punishment as per sharia rules. This is a sensitive issue and should be tackled with care. the nation should be thankful to Ulema of CII for ably guiding the nation in one of the crucial national task of punishing wives, daughters and mothers. It has taken us seventy years to resolve such an important issue. Having solved the long simmering problem of punishing women the nation can now proudly and single-mindedly look to the future . Some vicious conspirator must have been involved in holding us back from this national endeavor. But the Ulema rose to the challenge pulled the nation from the brink. The nation is justifiably thankful to them. Who says it is stone-age ?Recommend

  • Bhatti
    May 27, 2016 - 12:25PM

    Nothing that he said is against islamRecommend

  • Ajeeet Pateel
    May 27, 2016 - 1:12PM

    The only hope left for women in this scenario is to buy bulletproof burqas to protect against light or heavy beatingRecommend

  • Pakistani
    May 27, 2016 - 2:28PM

    If they dont think its violence and degrading, I would pay good money to see some women to gently beat the CII…Recommend

  • Azer
    May 27, 2016 - 2:36PM

    GENTLY BEATING” someone is an OXYMORON…
    .
    There’s no such thing as love or respect when you ‘beat’
    another person. There are no means to “respectfully or gently” denigrate someone..by definition you’re disrespecting them…!!!Recommend

  • MK
    May 27, 2016 - 2:56PM

    I didn’t think his statements could get any worse – until they DID. Beat her “lightly” with a hat, handkerchief or turban? Are you for real? What on earth is light beating? Its like saying oh I stole, but dont worry, it was only Rs. 50, not Rs. 5,000. Point is – you stole, you raised your hand (or in this case HAT) on the woman, and for such a despicable mindset, the CII Chairman should be sent off to Mars and not allowed to come back.
    No wonder women lack respect in Pakistan. No words.Recommend

  • May 27, 2016 - 3:41PM

    There’s an urgent need to repeal the Constitutional provisions regarding the CII, and abolish the Council.
    This Mullah should be charged with inciting a criminal offense to begin with, and accountability is needed for all that the CII has said and done.Recommend

  • vinsin
    May 27, 2016 - 5:31PM

    @Ahmer Jamil Khan:
    Then why you partitioned the subcontinent when dont want to follow Islamic laws? Recommend

  • HZR
    May 27, 2016 - 8:13PM

    @Bhatti:
    True and that where his inspiration comes from to make such statements.Recommend

  • Mr Obvious
    May 27, 2016 - 9:34PM

    Your taxpayer money at work – maybe you should ask the govt why half the population should be paying for an organization that persecutes them?Recommend

  • Parvez
    May 27, 2016 - 10:11PM

    Nawab keeps people like Sheerani in order to distract the people from his actual business that he and his sons conduct via London / Dubai etc.Recommend

  • Raza
    May 27, 2016 - 10:39PM

    What a nut case!! It’s time we get rid CII of these crazy people Recommend

  • G. Din
    May 27, 2016 - 11:58PM

    As four other male perverts will testify that the beating was so light that it could be easily misconstrued as mischievous love!Recommend

  • Maha
    May 28, 2016 - 4:03AM

    Sooo basically he wants to swat at women with hankies to ‘cure’ them of disobedience? Slow applause. Recommend

  • Arthur
    May 28, 2016 - 7:54AM

    Somebody please bend him over your knees and spank him not so gently. Idiot.Recommend

  • E.L James
    May 29, 2016 - 2:23AM

    I bet you that Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani is very hard.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    May 29, 2016 - 8:08AM

    This guy is out of touch with reality, please send him home , he has been too long on tax payers back. Men don’t need to be told to hit their wives, most of them do any way. It is people like him who degrade the status of women in Islam and humanity. Recommend

  • Sofia Banu
    May 29, 2016 - 3:28PM

    What the heck!! Beating means beating whether its gentle or harsh.Domestic violence already exists inside our country so no need of passing any bill.The statement really doesn’t make any sense.Recommend

  • Kashif
    May 31, 2016 - 2:12PM

    So much talk, no one mentions 4:34, that one verse which he is deriving these ideas from. But lets pretend it really means something else than what it saysRecommend

  • Jane Doe
    Jun 2, 2016 - 12:54AM

    His wives and daughters all need to take turns to gently beat this guy, until he’s unable to leave his bed.Recommend

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