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Pakistani women challenge domestic violence bill in #TryBeatingMeLightly campaign

By WITW Staff on May 31, 2016

Pakistani women — and their online supporters — are not quietly accepting an announcement from the country’s powerful Council of Islamic ideology last week that it has proposed a law that would allow men to “lightly beat” their wives for a variety of offenses including refusing sex, dressing improperly, talking to strangers, or speaking too loudly.

A campaign called #TryBeatingMeLightly started by Pakistani photographer Fanhad Rapier has gained momentum online as women have begun using the hashtag to criticize the bill. Rapier created a Facebook album with black-and-white photos of Pakistani women with captions about what might happen if a man tried to hurt them.

“#TryBeatingMeLightly I’ll break that hand you raised, remaining damage? I’ll leave it upto Allah,” a doctor named Shagufta wrote.

“#TryBeatingMeLightly -I’ll run a car over you with my 7years of driving experience!”

Priyanka Pahuja, identified as a digital marketer, said in another snapshot.

Read the full story and see more photos at Mashable.


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