Outlaw Marital Abuse, Demand Saudi Women
Najah Alosaimi, Arab News -
RIYADH, 10 April 2007 - Saudi courts have recently seen a number of
cases in which women have demanded divorces saying they have been
subject to marital rape and unwanted sexual activities by their partners.
As sex continues to remain a taboo subject in the Kingdom's
conservative society, some social activists believe that tribal
traditions prevent women from coming out in the open and reporting
An Internet poll conducted by a local newspaper showed that 42 percent
of married Saudi men say they do not have sexual problems. Meanwhile,
93 percent of married women surveyed said they were experiencing
"Saudi society admits the existence of partner rape. A comprehensive
survey of Saudi society about the issue and how serious it is has not
yet been conducted," Dr. Madeha Al-Ajroosh, a woman activist and
psychologist, told Arab News.
"It's difficult to carry out any scientific survey, as few women are
willing to open up and discuss their sexual lives," she added.
Adnan Al-Saleh, a Saudi lawyer, has dealt with some divorce cases in
which women have alleged they were forced into unwanted sexual
activities. "Wives are forced to enter into unwanted sexual activity
with their husbands and are even beaten for not responding. This is
something that causes women to experience severe psychological and
emotional consequences," he said, adding that 33 marriages end in
divorce every day.
According to state law, most countries in the world do not recognize
the concept of rape within marriage. A UNICEF publication noted that,
as of 1997, only 17 international countries had recognized marital
rape as a crime.
"Marital rape increases because it is prosecuted and punished less
often and less severely than other crimes. This is in spite of Saudi
law criminalizing sexual assaults," said Dr. Suhaiylah Zain Al-Abidin,
a Shariah professor and preacher. "In practice, the courts rarely take
such offenses seriously and it is difficult to provide the relevant
evidence unless the victim is seriously injured," she added.
>From an Islamic perspective, violence against one's wife or wives has
been condemned. The Qur'an explicitly calls on men to treat their
Abdul Aziz Al-Qasim, a professor at Imam Muhammad ibn Saud University,
said in order to prove sexual abuse at a Saudi court a woman needs to
undergo a medical check. "A medical examination which proves the
occurrence of sexual abuse is required when a woman decides to pursue
legal action against her husband. If she can't provide the evidence
then she wouldn't be able to seek a divorce later," he said.
Saudi scholar Sheikh Abdul Mohsin Al-Obaikan told Arab News, "Women
need to stand up and refuse such treatment from their husbands by
threatening to leave or leaving home for a short while. If a husband
doesn't mend his ways then the law gives women the option of seeking a
It does seem that judges in the Kingdom deal with the concept of
"marital rape" differently. Some courts may issue divorces where as
others may not.
Dr. Zain Al-Abidin said that legally there is little protection for
women within marriage. She also added that many women feel ashamed to
discuss intimate sexual issues.
"There are many reasons that force women to keep on living with their
husbands after being sexually assaulted. There is a lack of moral
support from society. However, most families blame women for failing
to fulfill their husbands' needs and for continuing to suffer in
silence," she said.
"Emotional support and counseling are important in assisting women to
recover from sexual assaults," she said, adding that some women fear
that their refusal to have sex will lead their husbands to take second
Dr. Zain Al-Abidin added that people in Saudi society lack knowledge
about sex. She further called for a campaign at schools and mosques to
encourage awareness about sexual issues.
oiya sis emang tuh , tapi kalo nggak slah kenapa kayak gitu karena pembuktiannya , bukan kareana " lo diperkosa berarti lo di cambuk" bukan gitu sis , coba pemikiran dirubah dikit
Masalahnya, wanita di Saudi Arabia masih dianggap manusia kelas II, seperti yang dikatakan sobat Tyrant, disana penafsiran agama terbatas pada keluarga Kerajaan saja, oleh karenanya, tafsir yang salah dari pihak monarkhi akan menyebabkan hukum negara akan menjadi salah, bukan begitu?