A constitutional body in Pakistan put forth legislation that would allow men to “lightly beat” their wives if they refuse sex or decline to wear outfits preferred by their husbands, reports NBC News.
The Council of Islamic Ideology, also known as CII, proposed the legislation last week and it’s already sparked anger in Pakistan. The 160-page draft has to be finalized before it’s sent off for approval, because the CII cannot make laws. Instead, it gives suggestions to Pakistan’s government and parliament.
In addition to suggesting that men beat their wives for refusing sex, the proposal also suggests that men use “limited violence” on their wives if they don’t bathe after intercourse or during menstruation.
“Hit her in areas where her skin is not too thick and not too thin,” CII leader Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani told the press. “Do not use shoes or a broom on the head, or hit her on the nose or eyes.”
He added, “Do not break any bones or cut her skin or leave any marks. Do not hit her vindictively, but only for reminding her about her religious duties.”
According to NBC News, the proposal includes step-by-step guidelines on how men are to beat their wives. The document does suggest that violence be used only as a last resort for a wife’s disobedience. The CII suggests that any man who doesn’t follow the processes should be prosecuted.
Experts say that the CII’s proposal is a response to a progressive gender-equality law called the Protection of Woman Against Violence Act, which the CII called “un-Islamic.”