Saudi Judge: Slapping a Spendthrift Wife is OK

Not content with allowing old men to marry underaged girls, a Saudi Arabia judge is doing one better in promoting equal treatment of womenkind in the Kingdom:

Husbands are allowed to slap their wives if they spend lavishly, a Saudi judge said recently during a seminar on domestic violence, Saudi media reported Sunday.

Arab News, a Saudi English-language daily newspaper based in Riyadh, reported that Judge Hamad Al-Razine said that "if a person gives SR 1,200 [$320] to his wife and she spends 900 riyals [$240] to purchase an abaya [the black cover that women in Saudi Arabia must wear] from a brand shop and if her husband slaps her on the face as a reaction to her action, she deserves that punishment."


Update 5/11/08 - Clarification: it's not the same judge that ruled that the marriage between a 58-year-old man and the 8-year-old girl was legitimate - Thanks seefish3!

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"The Islamic Arabic culture has a very different history than we do, we cannot presume to judge."

Right. So if they had slavery you wouldn't allow yourself to say that that was wrong cause that's there culture and it used to be legal in the US. Brilliant.

I judge. Beating women is bad. People who justify it are schmucks.
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just wanted to point out that the 8 yr old kid that was engaged is now free of it.

someone turned over the ruling. read that on yahoo news or something.
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