Shocking! Saudi family therapist gives advice on wife beating

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New York, April 26, 2016: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia places a lot of restrictions on men and women. But some of its rules are considered to be extreme in lot of sense. A posted video by The Middle East Media Research Institute shows the Saudi family therapist Khaled Al-Saqaby giving his advice on wife beating.

In the video the Saudi family therapist also says that the women’s desire for equality is the reason behind the marital strife.

Saudi family therapist Khaled Al-Saqaby further added that beating one’s wife should be intended as a means of discipline, rather than to vent one’s anger, and should be carried out not with a rod or a sharp object, but with a tooth-cleaning twig or a handkerchief.

“Unfortunately, some wives want to live a life of equality with their husband,” he said.

“This is a very grave problem.”

The video was posted on the Internet on February 24, 2016. Watch the clip here:

Saudi Arabia has been criticized for its stance on women rights and women are not allowed to drive in the nation nor can they venture out without the male guardian. The country believes that all these laws are important to keep the society vices free and on the path of the state religion, i.e., Islam.

Three out of ten women in Saudi Arabia are victims of domestic violence prompting Libra Productions, a music management agency and audio production company, to launch a major campaign in 2013 against the domestic violence that women undergo in Saudi Arabia.
In the year 2013, Saudi Arabia outlawed the domestic violence and also approved the “Protection from Abuse” law. The law is aimed at protecting people from “all forms of abuse” and it also offers them shelter as well as “social, psychological, and medical aid.”
After the passage of this law, the criticism of Saudi Arabia with regards to women rights has diminished a lot but due to the inherent tribal culture, the violence against women remains where it was.
And considering that people close to the Saudi family (like the Saudi family therapist Khaled Al-Saqaby) themselves share the sentiments, therefore it is no surprise that the domestic violence remains a major bane for women empowerment.
Pic credit: Al Jazeera