Whenever I read about Saudi men beating up their wives or daughters because they think they deserve physical justice for some perceived wrongdoing I’m always reminded of the expression “pick on someone your own size.”
I thought of this the other day when Saudi Judge Hamad Al-Razine told a panel at the National Family Safety Program seminar in Abha that it is perfectly acceptable to slap one’s wife around if she spends too much money.
According to a newspaper report, he said, “If a person gives SR1,200 to his wife and she spends SR900 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.”
Ah, our forward-thinking Saudi judges are always on the lookout to protect the weak and helpless. If I recall correctly the last time I complained about spending SR900 on an abaya I was pilloried from Madinah to Dammam and told that I should be thankful to spend that much money on a garment to ensure my modesty as a good Muslim girl. Now Saudi men want it both ways. They want me in my abaya and they want to slap me around for buying it.
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