Retrogressive mindset: Abolition of Council of Islamic Ideology sought

Civil society protests anti-child, anti-women stance of CII.

Our Correspondent April 01, 2014
Civil society activists hold protest rally outside Council of Islamic Ideology. PHOTO: EXPRESS


Even threats could not deter activists from condemning the Council of Islamic Ideology’s (CII) stance on child marriage and demanding its dissolution outside the CII building.

A group of civil society activists holding placards chanted slogans against the CII’s controversial statements and appealed to the government to disband the body.

The CII, an advisory body that may present its views on legislation from an Islamic perspective if solicited by parliament had recently created a stir when they termed restrictions on child marriages un-Islamic.

“The CII must realise that it’s not a legislative body, so it better stop giving us views,” said rights activist Farzana Bari.

Despite receiving threats from the CII to discourage them from holding the protest, activists came to register their concern. Rights activist Farzana Bari said she was overwhelmed to see the response of people participating in the protest, especially the youth who had stepped out to support the cause. Some 40 police officials in riot gear encircled the protesters.

We oppose the retrogressive mindset of clerics sitting in the body, declared a joint statement issued by civil society. Rights activist Sarwar Bari said that recent remarks made by Maulana Shirani reflect the ideology of the body that wants to take Pakistan to a pre-Islamic era when killing daughters was a norm. “The anti-women mindset which would like to entrap women should be discouraged.”

The CII declared Women’s Protection Act, 2006, that provides relief to rape victims as un-Islamic. Its members opposed the domestic violence bill and declared the Family Law Ordinance 1961, that makes it mandatory for a man to seek permission from his first wife in case of second marriage, also un-Islamic.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 1st, 2014.


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Sri Varahadev | 7 years ago | Reply What was the point of partitioning India with the express purpose of carving out a territory for the followers of Mohammaddenism if the unfettered sway of Mohammadden Ideology is sought to be limited by doing away with its guardian, the Council of Islamic Ideology?
censorship | 7 years ago | Reply

Those seeking to silence the CII are seeking to restrict free speech. See:

"The CII, an advisory body that may present its views on legislation from an Islamic perspective if solicited by parliament"

They have as much right to air their views as anyone else. If you restrict them from doing that then where will you stop? Will you restrict all think tanks that you don't agree with? Will you restrict protests like the ones that are the subject of this article?

If you don't like what they are saying then respond by airing your own views. But seeking to muzzle them is not right.

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