Pakistani women are fighting a horrific new bill with a trending hashtag.
After a law was proposed in Pakistan by the Council of Islamic Ideology that allows for a man to “lightly beat” his wife or girlfriend, Twitter lit up with responses from women who suggested that men go right ahead and try. The 75-page proposal says, basically:
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 bath after intercourse or menstrual periods.
… a beating is also permissible if a woman does not observe Hijab; 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.
Here are some of the Tweets still coming in as a response:
#TryBeatingMeLightly and I'll make sure you get poisoned slightly.
— YMH (@YumnaMustafaH) May 30, 2016
And here is another:
And this one, from Twitter user Rabya Ahmed, is simply wonderful: