Two Emirati men resorted to social authorities in Ras al Khaimah last year along with hundreds of other spouses who sought settlement for disputes with their wives. But what distinguished those two from the others was that they were beaten by their wives and the main reason was the internet.
The social guidance and rehabilitation centre said the two husbands reported their wives to the centre last year and that both cases were eventually settled.
“In one case, when the wife was summoned, she admitted that she beat up her husband with a stick and kitchen items because he never listened to her when she spoke to him,” the centre’s director Jassim al Makki said.
“She said she always tried to speak to him and tell him that he was neglecting his home but he would never listen to her….she said he used to come back home at night, have his dinner, watch television then spend the rest of his time on the internet and that she wanted to teach him a lesson so he will look after his home,” he added, quoted by 'Emarat Al Youm' daily.
He said the centre handled another similar case involving a wife who attacked her husband, prompting him to act in self defence. “The wife said her husband returns home very late night and goes straight to Facebook chatting…she said she caught him chatting with a girl and this prompted her to swear at him before attacking him.”
Makki said the centre settled both cases by bringing the couple together and giving them social and religious advice. “Most of the family disputes handled by the centre were caused by the husband’s negligence of their homes and the personal needs of their wives…the disputes involve mostly newly wed couples, who appear reluctant to shoulder any responsibility and lack mutual respect at home.”