Muniba Mazari found the perfect way to respond to CII's 'light beating' proposal

Published: May 28, 2016
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PHOTO: FILE

PHOTO: FILE

Several Pakistanis poured scorn on a proposal of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) that men be allowed to “lightly beat” their wives.

While many mocked the country’s top religious body and called for it to be disbanded, UN’s first woman Goodwill Ambassador to Pakistan Muniba Mazari shared a little food for thought.

Mazari shared a picture on Facebook of a billboard quoting a hadith which read, “Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) never hit a woman.”

Pakistanis hit back as clerics say men can ‘lightly beat’ wives

In just 20 hours, the post has received over 16,000 likes and 2,000 shares.

“I have a 5-year-old son who wants to be as strong as a girl! And we both believe that real men don’t hit women! Period,” she said in another post.

The post triggered received much praise, with one user commenting, “What have they turned our peace loving religion into.”

CII dug themselves into a deeper hole on Friday after the body’s chairman Mualana Muhammad Khan Sherani defended the proposal, saying, “Do not try to relate our proposal (on beating women) with violence. Light beating does not mean violence.”

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

Mazari remained calm, but firm, and reminded us of the sane voices out there.

“Real men don’t hit women,” she tweeted.

Mazari has represented the voice of women, men, girls and boys across Pakistan on issues of gender inequality and discrimination.

The Islamic body’s statement provoked people from across the country to hit back using Twitter as a medium.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Point
    May 28, 2016 - 6:33PM

    While I love what Muniba shared. Why no one took to twitter or stood to ban the song by Fifth Element in which the singers push the head of male models, beat then Gently as it is also counted as an offence. No real woman would beat a man either and promoting it in song mush be forbidden too!!

    Fifth Element song “worth it”Recommend

  • Point Dismissed
    May 29, 2016 - 9:17AM

    @Point:

    First of all its “Fifth Harmony” and not fifth element. Second these people do not have to follow sharia.Recommend

  • Equality
    May 29, 2016 - 6:07PM

    In Pakistan men beats women,and in USA women beats men.There should be equal rights for both men and women,only then we can progress.Recommend

  • Moonstone
    May 29, 2016 - 8:55PM

    In Pakistan men beats women,in USA women beats men.Both ways are wrong.Both men and women should have equal rights and opportunities,only then we can progress.Recommend

  • Reality
    May 29, 2016 - 10:58PM

    Some people says education make men and women wise, its true. But what makes a men or women to take such steps even if they are educated.
    Who can decides, in what situation one should do or not to do. We hear stories of Arabs, Europe, America or even Africa keeping in mind this sub-continent.
    What CII said, and what others are responding is a one side of a coin.Recommend

  • Reality
    May 30, 2016 - 12:42PM

    I remember those days, when people around the world have started deciding about what a women should do and what not. Specially the case started for women who wants to work outside of their home for earning living things.
    No one in today’s world can prove, especially the people related with religion(s) around the world, as how women lived 1400 years age i.e. for each part of their life, how do they work out.
    There are so many other things that the today’s world is facing in terms of humanity, especially this sub-continent which is called South Asia.Recommend

  • Omair nawaz
    May 31, 2016 - 8:33PM

    we are confused to whom follow or not
    people stress upon the beat or not beat
    why they not consider the things which lead to that particular act?
    i think non muslims also beat
    it is because we have diminished the code of life
    we have ruined our ethics
    we believe in criticism
    primarly we should correct ourselvesRecommend

  • AA
    Jun 2, 2016 - 1:04PM

    @Omair nawaz: and Reality

    Your incoherent posts suggest you are the same person, if not than must be smoking the same stuff, whatever it is. You are making no sense. Why even bother.Recommend

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