Women Are Using Social Media To Protest Against Pakistan's Proposed Wife-Beating Bill

Women across the world are protesting with #TryBeatingMeLightly

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Women across the globe are using the hashtag #TryBeatingMeLightly to campaign against Pakistan's recently proposed bill, recommending a husband should be permitted to 'lightly beat' his wife as a form of discipline. 

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Rajper shared on Facebook that he felt 'disturbed' by the bill proposed by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) – who have banned forceful beating – and told Huffington Post: 'Islam doesn't preach [any] such thing, be it for a man or a woman…[a] majority of Pakistanis do not approve of the bill…anyone who's sane enough wouldn't be okay with it.'

As reported by Pakistan's Express-Tribune, the draft states '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.'

'#TryBeatingMeLightly is an initiative to empower women amongst us who work towards individual and collective betterment... it's an opportunity for those to voice their opinions who can't or don't,' wrote Rajper on Facebook.

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