'Wives follow spouses in Riyadh, but elsewhere...'
Saudi men force their wives to walk behind them in the capital Riyadh but they walk hand in hand in elsewhere in the Gulf, according to a prominent Saudi scholar.
Sheikh Adel Al Kalbani, imam and preacher of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, criticised Saudi husbands for such a behaviour, describing it as ‘controversy.’
“In Riyadh, Saudi men force their wives to six metres behind them…in Dubai they clasp each other’s hands,” he said on his Twitter page, according to ‘Sada’ newspaper.
It said Sheikh Kalbani’s tweet drew mixed reactions, with some readers criticising his comments and others approving the remarks.
Some readers sent funny comments, including that wives may be worried their husbands will be snatched by another woman in Dubai, the paper said.
Another reader commented: “Perhaps some Saudi husbands are suffering from schizophrenia (split personality)…they treat their wives in a certain way inside Saudi Arabia and in another way outside it.”
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