Saudi Judge Endorses Slapping Wife For Overspending

Saudi Judge Endorses Slapping Wife For Overspending May 11, 2009

A Saudi judge has said it is acceptable for a man to slap his wife for spending too much money. He said this while speaking at a seminar on…wait for it….domestic violence.

Jeddah judge Hamad al-Razine gave the example of overspending to buy a high-end abaya, the head-to toe black shroud Saudi women have to wear in public, as justifying a smack for one’s wife, Arab News said.

“If a person gives 1,200 riyals ($423.50) to his wife and she spends 900 riyals ($317.65) to purchase an abaya from a brand shop, and if her husband slaps her on the face as a reaction to her action, she deserves that punishment,” he said.

This didn’t go over so well with many in attendance. 

Razine did admit however, there was some problems with domestic violence. This was a huge step forward, because most of the abuse has largely been kept secret.

Saudi women have in the past few years become more vocal about the problem of husbands beating wives and fathers mistreating children.

But Razine said some of the blame must be shouldered by wives for their behaviour. “Nobody puts even a fraction of the blame on them,” he said, according to the report.

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