“Beat me with your intelligence, if you may. Beat me with your wit. Beat me with your smile. Beat me with your kindness. But if you dare to beat me even with a feather, I’d really beat the shit out of you. With love,” says Sadiya Azhar. PHOTO: FANHAD RAJPER

In a world where modern day feminists seem more focussed on made up issues like microaggressions it is refreshing to see a legitimate feminist battle being fought.The women’s rights campaign was started by Pakistani photographer Fanhad Rajper, in response to a bill drafted in Pakistan that says that a husband can “lightly beat” his wife if needed. The bill was proposed by the Council of Islamic Ideology which is a constitutional body of clerics and scholars that advises the government. Part of Fanhad Rajper’s campaign is a social media campaign with the hashtag #TryBeatingMeLightly.

Some of the tweets are hilarious:



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…The draft bill recommends that a husband should be allowed to lightly beat his wife if she refused to dress properly, talks to strangers, speaks too loudly or gives money to people without his permission. It also asks for a ban on women in combat, receiving foreign dignitaries and working in advertisements. The draft has been widely criticised by activists and sections of the media.

#TryBeatingMeLightly is an initiative to empower women amongst us who work towards individual and collective betterment,” Rajper wrote on Facebook. “It’s an opportunity for those to voice their opinions who can’t or don’t.”

Rajper’s Facebook album on the campaign has received over 850 shares, with Pakistani women of all ages coming forward with their gutsy responses to the bill.


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