The perfect world for CII members would be one without women

 Published: May 27, 2016
"Saying the word talaq thrice consecutively is against the Sunnah," said Islamic Idelogy. PHOTO: FILE

I do not know under whose leadership the body of persons known as the Council of Islamic Ideology was formed. A few days back it recommended the banning of paper money and reversion to coins, as was the practice in the 7th century. I wonder why they didn’t ask the government to ban cars and trucks, and ask for donkey and camel carts to be used for transportation instead. Or that all high rise buildings should be demolished and replaced with huts and hovels!
But their recent proposals to “protect” our women prove that these worthies are obsessed with women. In fact, they believe that all the world’s problems will disappear if women are oppressed and locked up. Consider the following measures which they think will “protect” our women
1.    “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 a bath after intercourse or menstrual periods.”

This gem about “light” beating proves that these so-called “scholars” are morons who should be locked up. How does one know how to beat anyone “lightly”? Let’s say a man goes into a rage when his wife refuses to obey him. Only a moron would expect him to pause before starting to beat up his wife and say to himself,
“Wait a minute, I’m supposed to beat her up lightly”.
So should he just deliver only one massive blow to her head instead of the many he wants to inflict on her?

2.    “A beating is also permissible if a woman… interacts with strangers; speaks loud enough that she can easily be heard by strangers; and provides monetary support to people without taking consent of her spouse.”
This effectively means that women should be locked up and prevented from going out of their houses. How can women go shopping without talking to male strangers and without being easily heard by them? As for “providing monetary support to people without the consent of her spouse”, is this such a major problem in our society?

3.    They want a woman’s voice to be so low that she should not be heard by strangers, but these same old fossils have graciously allowed women to take part in politics. So what about all those burqa-clad ladies in the assemblies who have to talk loudly so they can be heard by assembly members (most of whom are men)? Should they be beaten up (“lightly”, of course) every time they make a speech or ask a question in parliament?

4.    These men are so obsessed with women that they want to ban female nurses from attending to male patients. Apparently they think that a woman getting too close to a sick person can cause him (or her) to go berserk, turning him into a rapist or the nurse into a nymphomaniac!

I wonder why such men are bent upon making Pakistan the laughing stock of the whole world. Since they think women are responsible for all their problems, they should gather all like-minded men in the country and settle in one of those numerous islands in the Arabian Sea near Karachi. No women, no problems, eternal bliss.

Shakir Lakhani

Engineer, teacher, industrialist, associated with petroleum/chemical industries for many years. Loves writing, and (in the opinion of most of those who know him), mentally unbalanced. He tweets @shakirlakhani (