“Good women are obedient….As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34
Muhammad “struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?” — Aisha (Sahih Muslim 2127)
But women striking back? It’s unheard of — a real man-bites-dog story. And so these women face imprisonment or heavy fines.
“Four women accused of beating up husbands,” Saudi Gazette, April 21:
RIYADH — The National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) is currently considering cases against four women accused of beating their husbands, Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Monday quoting the society’s chairman Mufleh Al-Qahtani.
He said the four women could face penalties under abuse protection laws including imprisonment or heavy fines.
Al-Qahtani told a workshop that was discussing abuse laws in Riyadh on Sunday that a husband would be committing a crime if he beats his wife.
“It is left to the discretion of the judge to decide the punishment against the husband depending on where he has hit his wife,” he said.
Al-Qahtani said he considered slapping a woman on her face to be a graver crime than hitting her on the back or the buttocks. Abdullah Al-Youssef, undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs, said the SR50,000 fine imposed on a husband who beats his wife will go to the Ministry of Finance and not to the victim as compensation.
“The wife may go to the court to obtain further justice against her abusive husband,” he said.
The undersecretary said an abusive husband or wife may face imprisonment of up to a year or a fine of up to SR50,000. However, it was reported at the weekend that the ministry had said it would not fine abusive husbands and that the courts were responsible for handing out sentences for such offenses.