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Disband the CII

Sir: This is with reference to your editorial ‘Disband the CII’ (Daily Times, March 13, 2014). It was during Ayub Khan’s reign that the law was made, making it necessary for a man to take his wife’s consent before marrying another woman. This law is also part of the 1973 Constitution, which was approved by all the religious parties after heated debate. Even though scholars like Maulana Maudoodi, Maulana Noorani and Maulana Mufti Mahmood were active politicians at the time, none of them objected to this clause. Neither did Qazi Hussain Ahmed of the Jamaat-e-Islami. And none of them ever objected to the fixing of the minimum marriage age of 18 for boys and 16 for women.
So why has this issue suddenly surfaced? Is it to divert our attention from those who cut off people’s heads to play football with? Or to make people forget that those whom the government is presently appeasing are the very same who were recently bombing girls’ schools? If we allow children as young as five or 10 to get married, what difference is there between us and the pre-Islamic people who also used to kill baby girls at birth? Is that what they will ask us to do next? I have always wondered why some people are convinced that women are the root cause of all evil. Such people definitely need psychiatric treatment.

SHAKIR LAKHANI
Karachi
Printed in March 15, 2014

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