A female Malaysian minister has advised husbands to beat their wives “gently” to discipline them sparking outrage from campaigners.
Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff, the deputy minister for women and family, told men they could try the “physical touch approach” to punish women for “unruly” behaviour in a two-minute long video on Instagram.
The video, which was titled “Mother’s Tips”, tells husbands to initially speak to “undisciplined and stubborn wives”, but that if the wife does not back down, then they should not share a bed with them.
“However, if the wife still refuses to take the advice, or change her behaviour after the sleeping separation, then the husbands can try the physical touch approach, by striking her gently, to show his strictness and how much he wants her to change.”
“Speak to your husbands when they are calm, finished eating, have prayed and are relaxed. When we want to speak, ask for permission first.”