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Time to end child abuse and ban the CII in Pakistan


Photo: The Sydney Morning Herald

The Council of Islamic Ideology termed the ban on child marriage bill as blasphemous! Even though it’s recommendations are non binding, the National Assembly is all too eager to accept the CII’s decisions on women and children so as not to ruffle any feathers.

In 2013, the CII suggested that DNA evidence in rape cases is inadmissible and instead preferred four witnesses who observed the crime. The council also rejected Women’s Protection Act of 2006 and it opposed the Domestic Violence Bill as well. In 2014, I wrote about the need to abolish the CII. Two years down the road, we’re still in the same boat. With the current government kowtowing to Saudi Arabia, the CII and madrassah situation is not about to change anytime soon.

Read my latest on the issue here: Breaking free of the Primitive Mindset 

Further reading:

  1. The State and the CII
  2. Women: Pakistan’s second-class citizens

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