“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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  • Seriously?

    Plainly the proposed law is stupid, stone-age stuff, religiously induced nonsense but in reading the article I couldn’t help but reflect on our own debates over the so called “anti-smacking” legislation.

    It seems the proposed Pakistani law is an extension to adult women of the same sort of control that many New Zealanders think it is okay to exercise over their children. Clearly, they are not the same thing in that children need some form of control by adults while adult women do not, but if you begin with their (implicit) assumption that adult women do need control from their husband (absurd as that assumption is) then the two positions are not that dissimilar.

  • Tiger

    What an appalling religion. Outdated by around 1000 years!

  • Nermal

    I have hope that a true Muslim reformation into the 21st century will come from women.

  • jimknowsall

    Whilst I support what they’re trying to do, saying that you’ll respond to a light beating by beating the cr-p out of someone or killing them is hardly the best way to take the moral highground.

  • Kevin

    You can bet that those who read this post and cry Islamophobia are the same as those who cry rape culture at every opportunity they can.