Groups of hard-line, right-wing Islamic extremists across Pakistan have banded together in protest to reclaim the right to abuse and kill their wives and daughters, the NY Post website reports today (April 7, 2016).
The country has finally taken a progressive step forward on gender equality, but some men still believe that under Islam the mistreatment of women is their divine, God-given right.
The controversy began when the Pakistani government introduced the Protection of Women Against Violence Bill, which criminalizes violence against women in Punjab -- Pakistan's most populous region.
Before the law was enacted on March 1, 2016, diehard extremists attempted to block the legislation, saying it would "destroy the family system in Pakistan" and "add to the miseries of women." The bill was passed unanimously by the Punjab Assembly, and opponents have since warned of ongoing protests if it is not repealed.