ISLAMABAD - In an interesting move, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) will take up an issue regarding men’s rights in its upcoming session starting from today.

In a letter addressed to the CII chairman, Sahibzada Zahid Mahmood Qasmi, one of the members, has raised the issue seeking its recommendation to pass a bill for the protection of the men’s rights .

The CII , which has included the issue on its agenda, will discuss the matter during its three-day session starting on Monday.

In the letter, Qasmi stated that on the pattern of a bill for women’s rights proposed by the council, another bill should also be adopted for the protection of men’s rights to save them from many sorts of ‘exploitations at the hands of women and their powerful families’.

While talking to The Nation, Qasmi said that he was thankful to CII Chairman Mohammad Khan Sherani who has included his suggestion for deliberation in the upcoming session of the council.

He said that he was the ardent supporter of women’s rights and at the same time he wanted to see the rights of men be protected in the light of Quran and Sunnah, as the Holy Quran has explicitly defined the rights and duties of both men and women in their lives.

In the letter, Qasmi said that there were reported cases in parts of the country where the women had subjected their husbands to severe torture and in most of the cases get them beaten up by their brothers and other close relatives.

“There were cases where a woman has roughed up her husband by her brothers or a father and other relatives. In various districts of Punjab, several cases have come forth where men’s nails have been pulled out or their hands and feet have been cut off. These cases have been lodged in various police stations,” the letter said. “We support the rights of women but men should be granted their rights as well.”