Islamic Council Allows Pakistani Husbands to ‘Lightly Beat’ Their Wives

The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) — Pakistan’s 20-member constitutional body — recently proposed a bill recommending that men bestow a “light beating” onto their defiant wives.

“A husband should be allowed to lightly beat his wife if she defies his commands and refuses to dress up as per his desires; turns down demand of intercourse without any religious excuse or does not take bath after intercourse or menstrual periods,” the CII bill says, according to Pakistan’s Express-Tribune newspaper.

CII’s bill was in response to a law approved by Punjab, Pakistan’s most populated province, granting women protection from abusive husbands. The CII roundly rejected Punjab’s Protection of Women against Violence Act of 2015, calling the law un-Islamic.

The Council of Islamic Ideology is a 54-year-old advisory body made up of Islamic clerics and scholars responsible for offering legal advice to Pakistani legislators.