Saudi Kingdom Outlaws Abuse Of Women

150px-muslim_woman_in_yemenWe have had a long litany of stories where we have criticized the Saudi Sharia system and the Kingdom’s treatment of religious minorities and women. So, when the Kingdom does something progressive, it is equally important to note it. This week, the Saudi cabinet passed a ban on domestic violence and other forms of abuse against women. That may seem a bit long in coming — by a few hundred years — but it is a major breakthrough for women given the Islamic clerics who still insist that beating your wife is ordained by God, as expressed in the Koran.

The Saudi government has been trying to liberalize aspects of Saudi politics and law but such moves often trigger opposition among the powerful Wahhabi clerics in the Kingdom.

This legislation, for the first time in the history of the Kingdom, makes domestic violence a punishable crime and provides treatment and shelter for victims of abuse. The penalties include a maximum of 12 months in jail and fines of up to $13,000. Moreover, both civilian and military employees are now required to report evidence of abuse.

It is a proud moment for the Kingdom, though much remains to be done for women and minorities.

22 thoughts on “Saudi Kingdom Outlaws Abuse Of Women”

  1. I will believe it when I seeing. Now when will they outlaw sending billions to terrorists?

  2. 0john0charles0heiser0, and you misrepresent
    the truth in the bible. while it is true that the Israelites committed ethnic cleansing, it was never god’s law. Israel abandoned god’s law and thus experienced the very consequences god’s words to Moses said would happen if they moved to the left or to the right of that law. Those consequences continue to this day. A thorough study of biblical languages clears up any colloquial translations.

  3. 0john0charles0heiser0, the Koran says, in chapter four titled WOMEN, “Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you FEAR disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds set apart and BEAT them.”

  4. I thought you were a decent man. Nowhere in the Qur’an is it considered right for a man to beat a woman, wife or not. There are false teachings in the commentaries or Hadiths which I will assume you got your information from. Moammar Gaddafi called for the abandonment of the Hadiths, and for that, the extremists turned against him. Some of the Hadiths contradict each other, yet are deemed ‘good’. If you are not aware of this, you certainly ought to be, or you should not be committing what would seem to be “Hate Speech” against Muslims who do not follow gossip, which is basically what the Hadiths are. On the other hand, both the 613 Commamdments and the Bible of the Christians justify ethnic cleansing. Ought we say then that all Jews and Christians believe in genocide? I would expect a retraction from you and an apology to Muslims in general, for, though ignorance blossoms among them as it does within the ranks of any other religion, to speak and condemn all with what is not doctrine, but, instead is based upon creed is bigotry. I am very disappointed in you. I had expected much better. You were the only person I followed with regularity on this site. John Charles Heiser

    Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:58:48 +0000 To:

  5. sorry, but I don’t think it is an advancement to “require” the reporting of abuse. this too is subject to retaliatory use. you can’t change a system with the stroke of a pen, or the word of a king. as long as women are required to cover themselves, the mindset that it is the woman’s fault won’t change much, because the spirit of motivation remains the same. I suspect that this ruling serves only to alter the image of Saudi Arabia in the world. It is naive to assume this is progress.

  6. What mespo and nick said.

    I’ll believe SA has changed when I see the rubber meet the road.

  7. Now…. To the issue…. Law passed… Yeah… Enforcement….. Wait a minute…. It probably won’t happen…. We have laws on the books that are rarely enforced…..sometimes never…..

  8. Mespo,

    And the Russian have guaranteed Snowden very much his freedom of speech……

  9. From the Saudi Constitution:

    “Article 8 [Government Principles]
    Government in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is based on the premise of justice, consultation, and equality in accordance with the Islamic Shari’ah.”


    Passing a law is not the same as convincing the population, and keeping an ace up your sleeve (“in accordance with the Islamic Shari’ah”) doesn’t help your argument that you are progressive. Recall that Soviet Russia’s 1977 constitution guaranteed free speech.

  10. And the US is also on the list for its’ treatment of women:

    “Women who enlist in the US military and are deployed have a much higher risk of being raped or sexually assaulted than women in combat being killed.”

    How about this article?

    “Women and Treatment
    With the rising prevalence of female substance abuse, more women are in need of treatment. In 2007, 32.3% of the approximately 1.8 million admissions to drug/alcohol treatment in the U.S. were female admissions. Because women are more likely to be victims of physical or sexual abuse, which contribute to drug and alcohol abuse, depression, and criminal activity, there is a growing needfor more gender-specific substance use treatment services for women. Effective substance abuse prevention and treatment for girls and women requires crafting programs to address the specific risks and consequences of substance use that are more frequently associated with females.”

    “The 2011 National Drug Control Strategy acknowledges the high substance abuse rate of females and works to reverse this trend. The Strategy specifically stresses the need to create more treatment centers that address female-specific challenges. Seeking treatment for drug addiction poses hurdles specific to women because many treatment programs are designed for and used mostly by men, and many women must weigh competing family concerns against the need for substance abuse treatment.”

    “As many traditional treatment programs do not allow for the inclusion of children, a woman may be torn between the need to care for her dependent children and the need for treatment. Involvement with the child welfare system also complicates a woman’s decision to seek care, because admitting to a substance abuse problem may lead to involvement with the criminal justice system and/or the loss of custody of children. This must change; women should not feel torn between seeking treatment and caring for their families. There are many model family-based treatment programs around the country that prove families do not need to be separated in order for them to achieve success in treatment and recovery.”

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