2 June 2016
Many were outraged when a video titled ‘How to beat your wife’ aired on the national television station of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, endorsed by the Saudi Government.
In the video, family doctor, Khaled Al-Saqaby taught men how to properly beat their wives who disobey them, quoting verses from the Qu’ran and sayings from the Hadith to support his stance.
According to him, husbands should not immediately attack their wives, but should discipline them ‘properly’ first.
He outlined a few steps the man must take (including ‘forsaking her in bed’) before resorting to beating. He also described what kind of instruments the man can use.
This video is especially disappointing as Saudi Arabia currently heads the UN Human Rights Council and yet so blatantly allows (and even encourages) domestic violence.
In Nigeria, Islamic Laws on beating one’s wife also subsist. Specifically, Section 55 of the Penal Code (applicable in Northern states) states:
“Nothing is an offence which does not amount to the infliction of grievous hurt upon any person and which is done- (a) by a parent or guardian for the purpose of correcting his child or ward such child or ward being under eighteen years of age; (b) by a schoolmaster for the purpose of correcting his child under eighteen years of age entrusted to his charge; or (c) by a master for the purpose of correcting a child servant or apprentice such servant or apprentice being under eighteen years of age; or (d) by a husband for the purpose of correcting his wife such husband and wife being subject to any native law or custom in which such correction is recognised as lawful”.