Outrage when female Malaysian minister advises husbands to 'softly' beat their 'stubborn' wives

Outrage when female Malaysian minister advises husbands to ‘softly’ beat their ‘stubborn’ wives

Outrage when Malaysian female minister advises husbands to ‘softly’ beat their ‘stubborn’ wives to punish them for their ‘naughty’ behavior

  • City Zayla Mohd Yusoff suggested that husbands sleep separately from their wives for three days if the women did not change their “naughty” behavior.
  • But if that doesn’t work, the minister said that husbands should beat their wives.
  • Deputy minister for women and family affairs accused of normalizing domestic violence

A Malaysian female minister sparked outrage after advising husbands to “softly” beat their “stubborn” wives to punish their “naughty” behavior.

City Zayla Mohd Yusoff, Deputy Minister for Women, Family and Community Development, has been accused of “normalizing” domestic violence by calling on men to beat their wives to show how strict he is and “how much he wants her to change.”

In a two-minute video posted to Instagram titled “Advice to Mothers”, the Deputy Minister first advised husbands to “discipline” their “stubborn” wives by talking to them. But if they have not changed their behavior, then they must sleep separately from them for three days.

“However, if the wife still refuses to follow the advice or change her behavior after being separated from sleep, then husbands can try the method of physical touch by gently hitting her to show his severity and how much he wants her to change. Siti Zayla said in the video.

City Zayla Mohd Yusoff, Deputy Minister for Women, Family and Community Development, has been accused of

City Zayla Mohd Yusoff, Deputy Minister for Women, Family and Community Development, has been accused of “normalizing” domestic violence by calling on men to beat their wives to show how strict he is and “how much he wants her to change.”

The deputy minister, who is an MP for the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, also urged women to only talk to their husbands if they have permission to win over their partners.

“Talk to your husbands when they calm down, finish eating, pray and relax,” Siti Zayla said. “When we want to talk, ask permission first.”

A coalition of women’s rights groups, the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality, accused Siti Zaila of “normalizing” domestic violence and demanded that she resign as deputy minister for women’s affairs.

“The Deputy Minister should step down for normalizing domestic violence, which is a crime in Malaysia, and for perpetuating ideas and behaviors that are contrary to gender equality,” the joint statement said.

The organization said that 9,015 domestic violence police reports were received between 2020 and 2021, and those numbers will actually be higher because they do not include women who have reported violence to charities.

“There is often stigma and fear associated with reports of domestic violence, and this is exacerbated by statements such as those of Siti Zayla,” women’s rights groups said.

City Zayla Mohd Yusoff, Deputy Minister for Women and Family Affairs, with her husband

City Zayla Mohd Yusoff, Deputy Minister for Women and Family Affairs, with her husband

They added: “As a minister who is called upon to uphold gender equality and women’s rights to protection and security, this is disgusting, depriving women of their right to equality, their right to dignity and freedom from degrading treatment.”

“This is a gross mistake and a demonstration of the failure of the leadership.”

Siti Zayla’s remarks echo a Qur’anic verse that describes men as “guardians of women” who can “punish them mildly” if they are disobedient.

The deputy minister has been criticized in the past for her views, and in 2020 she sparked outrage after suggesting women “accept, be patient and forgive” their abusive spouses.

Minister for Women and Family Affairs Rina Harun was also criticized by women’s rights groups after she said wives should “avoid picking on” their husbands.

“If you see your partner doing something that is contrary to what you want, avoid whining but use humorous words like ‘this is a way to hang up clothes to dry them dear,'” Harun said during the lockdown. in couples advice.

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