There is a great deal of discussion done by moderates from the Islamic world on how Sharia and the Islamic laws are “for” women and how they respect them and provide “equality”. Well, they obviously have not read their stuff. Now, at least in Pakistan, it is official: Concept of Gender Equality is against Islamic Principles. So says the Council of Islamic Ideology, a constitutional body that advises the legislature on whether laws are in line with Islamic principles.
Terming the gender equality as impractical and against Islamic principles, the Council called it a “vague” term. According to the panel, equality was impossible to implement because of different “physical and mental capabilities” of men and women.
The Council also wants is opposed to the current composition of National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) and wants clerics included in that panel.. for obvious reasons.
I have said earlier that Talibanization is going to grow within the broad Pakistani polity in the coming months and years. Such encroachment by the religious starts in harmless ways and soon takes over the more obvious and important areas of polity and governance.
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