Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan has composed a letter to National Speaker Asad Qaiser, looking for a survey of the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2021, by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) — a sacred body that exhorts the assembly on whether a specific law is offensive to the directives of Islam.

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In the letter dated July 5, 2021, Awan has brought up that the bill, at first passed by the National Assembly (NA) in April this year, was alluded back to the Lower House of Parliament after the Senate recommended changes to the proposed law.

In addition, under Article 230 (1) (a), the body can make suggestions to parliament in regards to available resources to urge Muslims in Pakistan to lead their lives, exclusively and all in all, as per the standards of Islam, Awan has stated in the letter.

On these grounds, he composed, it is fitting that the bill alludes to the CII. The Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2021, was at first moved in the NA by Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari on April 19, 2021, and was passed by the Lower House that very day.

Through this demonstration, a lawful and institutional structure had been proposed for the regional locale of Islamabad to guarantee that survivors of abusive behavior at home were given legitimate assurance and alleviation and the culprits of this offense were rebuffed, Mazari had said.

The bill then alluded to the Senate, where the resistance had crushed the government by one vote to impede the immediate entry of the proposed law, demanding that the bill alludes to the important standing board of trustees for additional consideration.

At that point, PPP’s Yousuf Raza Gilani, the head of resistance in the Senate, had contended that while the bill was an important enactment that had required a very long time to be cleared from the NA, it should have alluded to the standing board of trustees.

A voice vote was then proposed to settle on the matter and when the resistance had crushed the government by 35-34, the Senate executive had coordinated the then, at that point yet-to-be-shaped panel to introduce its report to the House on the matter two days after its development.

As indicated by the report, the law will empower courts to allow interim orders, security guardianship, and home requests and grant financial help to casualties to the detriment of respondents, and lead to the foundation of an assurance board of trustees to help oppressed people and cycle their applications in court.

The report, nonetheless, had proposed different corrections to the draft also, following which the bill again alluded to the NA. Last month, the resistance in the Senate had raised caution over the bill, alongside other key basic liberties councils, vanishing into a dark opening to arise as government bills.

She had lamented that as opposed to utilizing parliamentary boards of trustees for examining and assessing bills, incalculable reformist bills had recently disappeared from parliamentary plans under the Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf (PTI) government.

In 2016, the CII had proposed a bill that permitted a spouse to “daintily” beat his significant other “if necessary” and denied blending of the sexual orientations in schools, medical clinics, and workplaces.

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That proposition had experienced harsh criticism by rights activists. Farzana Bari, common liberties lobbyist and scholar at Quaid-I-Azam University, had named the proposed bill unlawful.


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