LAHORE: Members of Punjab Assembly on Friday strongly criticized Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman for terming the formers as Zanmurids, an Urdu language term for uxorious husbands.
The lawmakers asked Maulana Fazl, through a privilege motion, to tender an apology for his derogatory remarks.
The JUI-F chief used the term while responding to questions regarding Protection of Women against Violence Act, unanimously passed by the provincial assembly on Wednesday.
The new bill will make all crimes against women an offence including domestic violence, emotional, psychological and economic abuse, verbal abuse, stalking, abetment of an offence, and cyber crimes.
According to the new law, a toll-free number (UAN) will also be introduced to receive complaints while a district protection committee will be setup to investigate women’s complaints in this regard.
Maulana Fazl is the first politician to openly criticize the bill.
The new bill however drew severe criticism by clerics of the country and one called it contrary to the teachings of Holy Quran and Sunnah.