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Husband-beating on the rise in Arab homes

Thursday March 17, 2011 08:32:39 PM, Agencies

Dubai: Husband-beating in Dubai homes is on the rise, say psychologists, with many marriages erupting in violence, says a media report.

Police figures back up the phenomenon. Seven cases of husband-beating were reported in 2010 — up from just two in 2009. Police believes the numbers could be much higher as many cases go unreported.

"Arab men rarely report these incidents and some even refuse to open criminal cases against their spouses, or even... report it to police officers, unless... circumstances [go] beyond [their] control [such as if the wife reports a case against him, or other people]," Gulf News quoted the Dubai police's Department of Criminal Investigation in a statement to XPRESS.


Husbands are under attack elsewhere in the region too. In Qatar for instance, husband-beating accounts for almost every second domestic violence case.

Yet Dr Hassan Bin Salim Al Buraiki of the Family Consultancy Centre in Qatar reckons the number of husband beating was not as high as other Arab states.


He blames rising violence among married women on their upbringing, drugs, alcohol and weakness in men for the trend.


Police figures show that as incidents of husband beating rose so did violent marital disputes — 95 in 2010 compared to 68 in 2009.


Eman Al Amari, a clinical psychologist from Dubai, urged society to celebrate these abused husbands rather than ridicule them. "We should respect these men for not hitting back," she says. "Men will not agree to speak up for fear of shame and of being identified. They are more conservative on this topic," Gulf News quoted her as saying.

According to Eman, husband bashing accounts for around 20 per cent of domestic violence cases in Arab countries, but cautioned it still paled in comparison to wife beating. She says during the last few years, she had come across half a dozen cases — two each in Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah and one each in one in Abu Dhabi and Fujairah — of violence against husbands.






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