Old dudes say the darndest things, don't they?
Yesterday the Council of Islamic Ideology -- a body comprising elderly religious men -- made waves when its proposed ‘model’ women’s protection bill saw the light of day.
The CII's bill is a response to the Women's Protection Bill passed in the Punjab Assembly last year which, among other things, outlines punishment for those who commit domestic violence. The council clearly felt several clauses in the above bill could be made more perfect.
How so, you might ask? According to CII logic: reverse them.
That is how we arrived at the point where the CII's 'ideal' protection for women equals encouraging men to beat their wives. 'Lightly,' of course. And 'if needed.'
The bill left us scratching our heads. How, we wondered, could 'lightly beating' your wife be considered a good thing? Several hours and a dozen headaches later we gave up trying to mind meld with the CII.
Instead, to anyone who might be compelled to 'lightly beat' a woman, we offer alternatives. Because wife beating is bad. It is a crime, in fact. Here, have a go at this instead.
1) An egg
We understand that very few members of the CII might've seen this roughly spherical object outside its better known form as an omelette. No matter. It's very simple: you break an egg into a bowl, pick up a fork and 'lightly beat' it. We're confident that 'lightly beating' an egg will give you a curious sense of satisfaction.
2) The end of a ketchup bottle
This too is permissible. All the better to enjoy your samosa with.
3) Particularly frozen ice trays
Now, bear in mind this is only possible if you have not previously expressed a moral or religious objection to keeping a refrigerator in the house.
4) A dirty carpet
Actually, you can 'lightly beat' that carpet even if it's clean. Cool with us.
5) Crumbs from your bed
That late night snack is a secret between you and bed. Get rid of the evidence.
6) The podium, if you're a frustrated lawmaker
The CII probably has experience with this one. Go ahead, lightly beat that desk. Get it all out. Look at how happy it makes them.
7) A remote control
Remotes can be cruel, petty creatures. They turn on you when you need them most, like when you need to quickly flip the TV channel to pretend you weren't watching Mathira's latest dance number. It's ok to 'lightly beat' your malfunctioning remote.
As seen in the Micheal Jackson classic.
Sing along with me as you shake those hips! Beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it...
Important: do this every time you think 'lightly beating' women is a thing.
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