aussie-rules-overtime,A piece of proposed legislation aimed at coming down hard against perpetrators of domestic violence has sparked an intense debate between human rights advocates and more conservative segments of Pakistan society.
Earlier this week, as opposition against the bill mounted, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs, Baba Aswan penned a letter to National Assembly Speaker, Asad Qaiser, requesting a review of the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2021 by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII). ,golf-scoring-handicap
basketball-league-richmond-va,In the letter dated July 5, Awan draws attention to the fact that the bill, which was originally passed by the National Assembly (NA) in April this year, was referred back to the Lower House of Parliament after the opposition had recorded a slim defeat against the government to block its immediate passage through the Senate. In doing so, the opposition insisted that the bill become the subject of deliberation of a relevant standing committee.
Raising several concerns over the way legal items were defined in the bill, Awan's letter reads, “Most importantly it is being highlighted that the bill contravenes the Islamic [injunctions] and way of life as enshrined in responsibility of the state in Article 31 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. ,betway-sports-live-twitch
The Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2021, was forwarded in the NA by Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari in mid-April this year and immediately passed through the Lower House. It outlines stringent punitive measures against various forms of domestic violence. ,hardest-volleyball-hit-ever
Under the legislation, an act of domestic violence could attract a maximum period of imprisonment of three years and no less than six months. It also mandates fines ranging from Rs 20,000 to Rs 1,00,00 payable by the perpetrator. ,rafael-nadal-tennis-hat
If passed, the bill will essentially serve as the country's strongest deterrent against acts of domestic violence against women, the elderly and minors, while also describing provisions for appropriate relief. ,auburn-basketball-injury-okeke
live-cricket-match-rate,When the bill was blocked by the opposition in the Senate, Pakistan Peoples Party member and Leader of the Opposition Yousuf Raza Gilani -although acknowledging the importance of the bill - argued that it should be referred to a standing committee that may recommend amendments.
football-manager-2021-competitions,A 35-34 voice vote in favour of the opposition meant the Senate chairperson directed the then-yet-to-be-constituted committee to structure a report on the bill to present to the House.
The Senate Committee produced its report on June 18 this year, expectedly proposing a number of amendments to the draft. This saw the bill referred to the NA once again. Amid criticism from the opposition that critical legislation over human rights were 'disappearing in a black hole' - most notably by Pakistan Peoples Party parliamentary leader Senator Sherry Rehman - the bill passed through the Senate and is now pending presidential assent.
darts-cricket-app-android,Awan's letter asking the NA Speaker to refer the bill to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) is a result of the more conservative sections and religious hardliners' criticism of the bill. The bill attempts a broad characterisation of domestic violence and includes physical violence, verbal assault and psychological abuse within its ambit.
top-casino,Although some have praised it in doing so, others have argued that it contains too many loopholes. The tabling of the bill also prompted the criticism of it online with many tweeting their opinions alongside the hashtag #WeRejectDomesticViolenceBill.
But many have pushed back against the proposal to have the CII roped in to review the bill. The CII, it bears mentioning, is a constitutional body that serves an advisory role to the legislature, also verifying whether legislation is 'repugnant to the injunctions of Islam.' ,ludo-betting-whatsapp-group-link
In 2016 though, the body had put forward a bill that permitted a husband to 'lightly' beat his wife 'if needed,' while also including provisions to ban gender mixing in schools, offices and hospitals. Unsurprisingly, the proposal attracted widespread rebuke from rights activists with some labelling it unconstitutional. ,volleyball-serve-clinic