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."Clearly, Judge Al-Razine did not read our letter to women which let them know that their menstrual cycle may be the culprit for increased impulse purchases. Otherwise, he might have been a little more understanding (probably not).
We understand how this sucks, Women Who Spend Lavishly in Saudia Arabia. Your periods are telling you to buy that Dolce & Gabbana abaya and even if it's on sale you might get slapped.
Perhaps we can offer some suggestions on how to avoid getting slapped:
- Respectfully inform your husband about the fragile world economy and offer to accept only 400 riyals for a shopping spree.
- Ask permission to buy more of those sexy abayas that he likes so much.
- Use the money left over to buy him a new cricket bat.
- Chop off his woman-hating hands.
Arab News reported that Al-Razine made his remark as he was attempting to explain why incidents of domestic violence had increased in Saudi Arabia. He said that women and men shared responsibility, but added that "nobody puts even a fraction of blame" on women, the newspaper said.Call me crazy, but physical violence probably isn't the best way to go about "correcting" a woman's behavior. Or anyone's behavior for that matter.
Al-Razine "also pointed out that women's indecent behavior and use of offensive words against their husbands were some of the reasons for domestic violence in the country," it added.