“Men are the managers of the affairs of women for that God has preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have expended of their property. Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for God’s guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them.” (Qur’an 4:34)
Islamic scholars, of course, generally say that Qur’an 4:34 only allows men to discipline their wives by beating them lightly, so as not to leave a mark. The problem is that “lightly” is in the eye of the beholder, and once the principle that a woman can be “disciplined” by violence is allowed, the door is opened to what happened here.
An Egyptian groom who knocked his bride out by fracturing her skull just after their wedding told police he did so at his mother’s request to control his wife.
The unnamed groom said he took his wife to their new home just after wedding and slapped her three times as his mother told him.
“My mother said this would help me control my wife through our marital life.
“She warned me that my brothers are all controlled by their wives because they did not listen to her and hit their brides,” he said, according to Egypt’s ‘Al Bawaba News’ network.
“After I slapper [sic] her, she hit me back. I then went to the kitchen and brought a metal bar, which I used to hit her on the head and body.”
Police arrested the man on charges of causing serious injuries to his wife, who suffered from fractures in her skull and pelvis.
The report said the bride was still unconscious in her wedding dress when her family visited her in hospital in Cairo.