I really cannot overstate how terrible this new bill is. Liberal and feminist Pakistanis are really trying to destroy the country.
The Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2021, was initially moved in the NA by Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari on April 19, 2021, and was passed by the Lower House the same day.
Through this act, a legal and institutional framework had been proposed for the territorial jurisdiction of Islamabad to ensure that victims of domestic violence were provided legal protection and relief and the perpetrators of this offence were punished, Mazari had said.
The bill was then referred to the Senate, where the opposition had defeated the government by one vote to block the immediate passage of the proposed law, insisting that the bill be referred to the relevant standing committee for further deliberation.
Only one vote stopped this bill from being passed. One vote!
Are the Pakistani legislators all that liberal that they are willing to pass this anti-Islam bill?
Thankfully, some opposition has been voiced.
In the letter dated July 5, 2021, Awan has pointed out that the bill, initially passed by the National Assembly (NA) in April this year, was referred back to the Lower House of Parliament after the Senate suggested amendments to the proposed law.
The letter further states that concerns have been raised “regarding various definitions and other contents of the bill.”
It adds: “Most importantly it is being highlighted that the bill contravenes the Islamic [injunctions] and way of life as enshrined in responsibility of the state in Article 31 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.“
Yes, exactly. This bill completely contravenes the Islamic way of life. In fact, it contravenes every form of life.
This bill is putting extreme provisions in place that not even the US has instituted in the recent past.
This is what happens when you allow feminists to be legislators.
In 2016, the CII had proposed a bill that allowed a husband to “lightly” beat his wife “if needed” and prohibited mixing of the genders in schools, hospitals and offices.
That proposal had come under fire by rights activists.
Farzana Bari, human rights activist and academic at Quaid-i-Azam University, had termed the proposed bill unconstitutional.
“Allowing a husband to beat his wife, in any way, is against Pakistan’s Constitution and the international laws and treaties that Pakistan has signed and is bound by. This Council is a burden on the Pakistani taxpayer and bringing a bad name to Muslims throughout the world,” she had said, warning that the bill “will take Pakistan further into ignorance.”
I don’t know why a bill is needed to allow a husband to “check” an intransigent wife. This is clearly in the Quran.
ٱلرِّجَالُ قَوَّٰمُونَ عَلَى ٱلنِّسَآءِ بِمَا فَضَّلَ ٱللَّهُ بَعْضَهُمْ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍ وَبِمَآ أَنفَقُوا۟ مِنْ أَمْوَٰلِهِمْ ۚ فَٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتُ قَـٰنِتَـٰتٌ حَـٰفِظَـٰتٌ لِّلْغَيْبِ بِمَا حَفِظَ ٱللَّهُ ۚ وَٱلَّـٰتِى تَخَافُونَ نُشُوزَهُنَّ فَعِظُوهُنَّ وَٱهْجُرُوهُنَّ فِى ٱلْمَضَاجِعِ وَٱضْرِبُوهُنَّ ۖ فَإِنْ أَطَعْنَكُمْ فَلَا تَبْغُوا۟ عَلَيْهِنَّ سَبِيلًا ۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيًّا كَبِيرًا
Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance/rebelliousness – advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you, seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand. [Quran 4:34]
Aren’t we talking about the Islamic Republic of Pakistan? Doesn’t the Constitution of the country clearly state it is an Islamic country?
Then why are bills being considered that contravene the Quran?
Husbands have the right to check wives in Islam and, in fact, every civilized society has granted husbands this right. Checks — as in “checks and balances” — are required for any institution to function, especially the family institution. Without checks and balances, chaos ensues. Checking an intransigent wife by striking or threatening to strike is a basic human right.
The clear wisdom of this right to check rebellious wives is that it creates order in the household. No household can be peaceful and functional if the authority of the head of the household is being undermined. And this is what a minority of women try to do. They try to undermine their husbands by disrespecting him, deliberately disobeying him, insulting him. In those rare cases, the husband needs to have the right to reassert his authority, and sometimes that requires physical force.
Now does he have the right to beat his wife senseless? No. The Islamic schools of fiqh are very clear that there are limits and going beyond the limits makes the husband liable for prosecution. This is already the law in Pakistan and every country of the world, as it falls under criminal assault.
But if the husband does not have this right, then he doesn’t really have final authority in the household. And if he doesn’t have final authority, the household inevitably falls apart.
This is basic common sense. And the proof of this is the terrible state of marriage and family in the West. More than half of all marriages in the West end in divorce, often very bitterly. Children are left growing up with one parent or the other. But more than that, most young people don’t even want to get married anymore because they see it as not worth the risks and burdens. They see a life of zina as a better path.
This level of dysfunction is closely tied to preventing men from occupying their God-given role as heads of the household. And being the head of anything, including the household, is only meaningful if one can leverage physical authority. We see this in every organization, every society, every institution.
Would the president of a nation have any authority if he could not marshal police or military to coerce compliance? Would the CEO of a company have any authority if he could not fire employees and hire security guards to physically remove intransigent workers?
So why can’t the husband have the same right as a president or CEO for the sake of his family? In fact, the family is more in need of a strong leader than some corporation. He has to have the right to exercise his authority, otherwise the whole thing falls apart. But, again, it is not a completely unchecked authority.
And yes, just like there are presidents and CEOs who are indeed oppressive brutes, there are a minority of husbands who are unfit, oppressive husbands who cross the limits. Such tyrannical men should face the consequences, either from their wives’ family or from the Islamic justice system (i.e., the qadi). The good news is, this is already the case in Muslim societies and has been the case for 1400 years.
But just because such men exist does not mean we nullify the husband’s God-given right. Do we nullify the executive powers of all presidents and CEOs just because there are some presidents and CEOs who are tyrants? Of course not!
A Feminist Reach
What is so shocking about this bill is that it is not only criminalizing basic Islamic rights, it is going far beyond that.
This is because of the definition of Domestic Violence the bill gives (PDF of bill):
Domestic Violence shall mean all acts of physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, and economic abuse committed by a respondent against women, children, vulnerable persons, or any other person with whom the respondent is or has been in a domestic relationship that causes fear, physical, or psychological harm to the aggrieved person.
This definition is copy-pasted from the most extreme left-wing feminists in the West. It is the most expansive definition of Domestic Violence possible.
What does “emotional violence” mean? What is “psychological violence”? What is “economic violence”? How are these things in a bill about Domestic Violence?
Feminists have extended the definition of “violence” to include anything that a woman feels she doesn’t like.
If your wife feels like you didn’t treat her like an amazing queen everyday of the marriage and that made her sad, that is Domestic Violence according to this bill.
If your wife feels like you didn’t buy her the kinds of expensive designer clothes that she deserves and that has caused her an economical disadvantage, that is Domestic Violence according to this bill.
If you want to marry a second wife and your first wife disagrees and feels like you have psychologically harmed her, that is Domestic Violence according to this bill.
There is literally no limit to what a woman can claim to be violence according to this bill.
You might think I am exaggerating, but read the bill.
Here are the detailed definitions the bill gives:
Jealousy is abuse. So if you tell your wife, “I don’t want you to meet with those men,” that could be construed as an “obsessive act of jealousy” and you will be put in prison.
They literally say: “Threats of divorce or second marriage” is violent abuse. So if your wife treats you and your family like trash, don’t you dare threaten divorce because that is abuse! Don’t threaten to marry a second wife either, you violent monster.
The bill doesn’t even mention threats to marry a third or fourth wife, probably because the bill writers couldn’t even fathom such levels of sheer evil.
What will happen if you violently abuse your wife by telling her basic things she just happens not to like?
The bill specifies a minimum of 6 months in prison!
Also, the bill makes it very clear that the wife has the right to stay in the home but the violent abusive husband has to move out!
This basically ensures that malicious women can take the homes right out from under the feet of their husbands, and the Pakistani government will diligently help her kick him to the curb.
Imagine This Scenario:
Your wife wants to go hang out with a bunch of men. You say no. She says you’re being jealous and causing her psychological and emotional harm. Furthermore, if you do not allow her to take your car to go have a lavish dinner with these men, that means you are also committing economic abuse.
That’s three separate counts of abuse already!
So she takes you to court. The judge rules in her favor. You get put in prison for 6 months to 3 years. Meanwhile, she stays in the house and she invites her boyfriend(s) to come live with her too and sleep in your bed.
Isn’t feminism wonderful?
All of this becomes a reality if this new bill is passed. You don’t believe me? Ask Muslim men in America who have gone through divorce about their horror stories dealing with ostensibly religious Muslim women. Feminists here have transformed the court system into a mechanism to grant women maximum rights and legal avenues to secure all their preferences, no matter how unreasonable, at the expense of their husbands. There is no other way to describe it.
And now they want to do the same in Pakistan.
Will the Prime Minister come out with a strong statement against this feminist insurrection?
Recently, he made excellent statements about how the indecent dress of women is an important factor in the scourge of sexual immorality. The same mindless, degenerate feminists who denounced him for such reasonable statements are the ones pushing this bill.
But make no mistake: This bill is a disaster and it is just a continuation of the “Gender Programs” the West is imposing on Muslim countries like Pakistan.
The big mistake Pakistan made was allowing Aurat Marches to take place. As long as things like that are allowed to happen openly in society, expect more of this feminist assault on Muslim families.