The Punjab province of Pakistan was planning to introduce a bill that would have actually changed the face of the country. Yet who in the hell can fight with the fundamentalist leaders of Pakistan!
The CII has constitutional validity and is the supreme advisory body to the Pakistani parliament with matters concerning religion. Though their recommendation is not binding, it has weight in the Islamic Republic where the law of the Sharia rules.
The ’eminent’ mebers of the CII.
Passed in the Punjab assembly the bill aimed at granting legal protection to women from domestic, psychological and sexual violence. It suggested the creation of a toll-free abuse reporting hot line and the establishment of women’s shelters.
In her bitterly critical opinion piece, Saima Baig – a Karachi-based environmental economist – satirically writes that “basically, they want women to have all the rights that they have in Saudi Arabia and we all know how well that is going”.
She points out that the Sharia – on which the CII prepared its bill – “does not provide women with the rights they should demand in this day and age”.