An Islamic group has been accused of condoning domestic violence after it described hitting wives as “a beautiful blessing” in a video that has triggered uproar.
The social media video says Muslim men can hit their “obedient” wives but only gently with short sticks known as “sivaaks” and pieces of fabric or scarves instead of fists.
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In the video filmed in Sydney, Australia, two women discuss how men are the leader in marriages and how “it goes hand in hand that he would have the right to undertake disciplinary measures”.
The 33-minute video was posted to Facebook by the Australian women’s branch of radical Islamic political group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
It has provoked condemnation for being “abhorrent” and completely out of touch with community standards and promoting domestic violence.
The video involves a discussion between a woman identifying herself as a Sydney primary school teacher and another panellist.
The panellist says it was a “beautiful blessing” to have different steps including hitting the wife.
“He is permitted – not obliged, not encouraged – but permitted, to hit her.
“It should not cause pain.”
The teacher says “hitting” was “symbolic in nature” and must be done in a “managed way”.
The pair then demonstrate using a sivaak, a folded handkerchief, fabric scrap or coiled scarf on each other.
The pair then agree committing sin is an act requiring disciplinary sin such as disobedience to the husband, immoral acts or cheating or admitting someone to the home the husband does not like.
The women say discipline can be required to “promote tranquillity” in a family home.
Australian Federal Minister for Women Michaelia Cash said the video was “completely out of touch with community standards”.
“The Facebook video posted by Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia condoning and encouraging violence against women is abhorrent,” Ms Cash said.
“These attitudes have no place in modern Australia.
“Domestic violence is abuse – plain and simple. It is not ‘a beautiful blessing’ as the video describes it.”
Labor MP Ed Husic, who is Australia’s first Muslim frontbencher, reportedly said the clip was unacceptable.
“It is not acceptable in any form to strike anyone, either between husband or wife or anywhere,” he said.
Independent right-wing senator Cory Bernardi said he was appalled.
“I think it is disgraceful that anyone thinks it is acceptable (for) domestic violence in any way, shape or form to take place in Australia,” he told ABC News .
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