Saudi Arabia Wife-Beating


Koran 4:34 “and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.”


(ANSAmed) – ROME – One-hundred and forty-five physical attacks were committed by wives against their husbands in the Saudi city of Jeddah in one month, writes Saudi daily Al Yawm, citing a report from the police in the province. The number of cases of is 20% higher than during the same period last year. “Betrayal and money are the two main reasons for this type of violence, which has the characteristics of a modern social phenomenon,” says the researcher, Salah Abdulwahab.

A recent study carried out by police in the province of Jeddah shows that attacks on husbands include physical violence, husbands being thrown out of the family home and seizure of the husband’s possessions. The report claims that wives are often helped by their brothers in cases of physical attacks. Husbands often start the violence, but the reaction by their wives, who are often helped by relatives, becomes a form of revenge and, as a result, is often even more violent.

In 57% of cases, the report explains, violence is the first step towards divorce. Unemployed wives suffer the most at the hands of their husbands. Betrayal of the husband, the alleged frigidity of the wife, sexual abuse of domestic workers and visits to pornography websites are the main causes of violence against husbands, according to the study carried out by the Saudi Social Vision Centre.

2 Responses

  1. I’m shocked that this kind of behavior could take place in an ‘Islamic Paradise’. As stated by the Imams Sharia Law and the ‘teachings of the prophet’ are the signs of a ‘perfect society’.

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