Domestic violence, specifically violence against women, is a significant problem around the globe and calls to substitute preventive measures with the prescribed violence are reprehensible. In particular, domestic violence has been a recurring problem in Pakistan. According to women’s rights advocacy group Aurat Foundation, more than 5,800 cases of violence against women were reported in Punjab Province in 2013, prompting Punjab to pass preventative legislation. In response to such measures, however, the Council on Islamic Ideology (CII) has called for more restriction on Pakistani women’s rights, with which we consistently disagree. We urge Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to condemn violence against women.
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