In this heart-wrenching video, a 12 year-old girl from Herat, Afghanistan, sold into a forced marriage by her parents, shows some of her knife wounds as she pleads for deliverance from her abusive husband. The video, below, was recorded in September 2007.
If he uses a rod, the cleric says, the rod mustn’t be too long.
The man must not beat the woman in the face to “make her ugly,” and he should try not to bash in her teeth.
If she gets uppity and refuses to have sex, it’s OK to beat her, as long as the beating doesn’t disfigure or cripple her, according to the Muslim holy man. Unless she really, really deserves it. And don’t curse her as you flog her, because that would dishonor her.
According to this imam, there is a right way to beat your wife and a wrong way to do it. In his authoritative words, “Allah honored wives by instating the punishment of beatings.”
See for yourself. Here’s the video, courtesy of MEMRI, with English subtitles: