Women’s protection law found ‘un-Islamic’ by Pakistani religious body

Women’s protection law found ‘un-Islamic’ by Pakistani religious body March 4, 2016
Image: Habib M’henni / Wikimedia Commons
Image: Habib M’henni / Wikimedia Commons

A Pakistani law, The Women’s Protection Act, which would protect women in Pakistan from domestic, psychological and sexual violence, was ruled “un-Islamic” by a leading Pakistani religious body.

The law was passed by Pakistan’s largest province of Punjab last week but led to many religious leaders denouncing the law.

“The whole law is wrong,” Muhammad Khan Sherani, the head of the Council of Islamic Ideology said at a news conference, citing verses from the Koran to point out that the law was “un-Islamic.”

The law, the council said, is “in conflict with the Muslim holy book, the Koran, as well as Pakistan’s constitution.”

“This law makes a man insecure,” Fazlur Rehman, the chief of one of Pakistan’s largest religious parties, the Jamiat-i-Ulema Islam, told journalists. “This law is an attempt to make Pakistan a Western colony again.”

How will the faux-left spin this statement to have nothing to do with Islam when a large religious body is saying that a law that offers protection to women against physical and sexual violence is against their so called religion of peace?

The comments by these religious leaders are right in line with the patriarchal religious sexism that exists in Islam. The Pakistani government in Punjab was actually working against sharia and theocracy and fought for a law that would finally protect women from the abuses that run rampant in these fundamentalist societies.

It should only be a matter of hours before Glenn Greenwald and Max Blumenthal tell us all that these men have the right to practice their religion and we have no business questioning their culture and that these Islamic leaders have nothing to do with Islam.

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