Lavish Wives Deserve a Slap: Saudi Judge

His comments are met with protest at domestic violence conference
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted May 11, 2009 6:00 AM CDT
A Saudi woman is seen shopping. Spendthrift wives deserve to be slapped by their husbands, a Saudi judge recently said.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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(Newser) – A Saudi judge says women who spend lavishly on items like designer abayas (black gowns) deserve to be slapped by their husbands, Arab News reports. His comments at a domestic violence conference invoked loud protests from women in the audience. The judge also lamented that "nobody puts even a fraction of blame" on women for the nation’s rising domestic abuse problem.

"This is how men in Saudi Arabia see women," a Saudi women's rights activist tells CNN. "They've been raised to see women this way, that they're less than a person."