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A Pakistani group has drafted a bill that would allow a husband to “lightly beat” his wife for offenses such as dressing improperly, talking to strangers, or refusing sex. In response, Pakistani photographer Fahhad Rajper launched a photo-based social media campaign with the hashtag #TryBeatingMeLightly to criticize the bill.

The campaign has gained traction online as women have begun to engage with the tag to protest the bill, which was drafted by the Council of Islamic Ideology, a group of clerics and scholars that advises the government. Rajper shares photos on social media accounts with quotes from the women he photographs sharing what they would do if someone were to “lightly beat” them.

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#TryBeatingMeLightly, I'll become the destruction you will never forsee.

—Adeeqa Lalwani, digital storyteller


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#TryBeatingMeLightly and tell me if you would like yourself to be beaten up lightly?

—Farah S. Kamal, education consultant


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#TryBeatingMeLightly and I'll run a car over you with my 7 years of driving experience!

—Priyanka Pahuja, product designer turned digital marketer


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#TryBeatingMeLightly, you won't survive to see the morning.

—Sumbul Usman, social media manager


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#TryBeatingMeLightly - I'll break that hand you raised at me. Remaining damage? I'll leave it up to Allah.

—Shagufta Abbas, doctor


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#TryBeatingMeLightly, and you'll regret it for the rest of your miserable life.

—Sundus Rasheed, school teacher/radio jockey


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#TryBeatingMeLightly - I'm the sun. Touch me and I will burn you like hell fire. I am light, you will try, but you can never stop me. You can never contain me.

I am the kind of woman they name hurricanes after. I dare you, #TryBeatingMeLightly

—Rabya Ahmed, photo blogger




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Kailey is an editorial intern at BUST for the summer of 2016. She hails from Austin, Texas and currently studies journalism and women's and gender studies at The University of Texas. You can contact her at kailey@bust.com.

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