Deny­ing hus­bands sex is abuse, says Malaysian MP

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian law­maker came un­der fire yes­ter­day for say­ing that women who deny their hus­bands sex were sub­ject­ing them to “psy­cho­log­i­cal and emo­tional abuse”. Che Mo­hamad Zulk­i­fly Ju­soh, a Mus­lim MP from the rul­ing coali­tion, said dur­ing a par­lia­men­tary de­bate on do­mes­tic vi­o­lence that hus­bands of­ten suf­fer emo­tional at­tacks rather than phys­i­cal abuse.

“Even though men are said to be phys­i­cally stronger than women, there are cases where wives hurt or abuse their hus­bands in an ex­treme man­ner,” said the law­maker, a mem­ber of the United Malays Na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion. “Usu­ally, it in­volves wives curs­ing their hus­bands-this is emo­tional abuse. They in­sult their hus­bands and refuse his sex­ual needs. “All these are types of psy­cho- log­i­cal and emo­tional abuse.” Ma­rina Ma­hathir, a prom­i­nent women’s rights ac­tivist, said the law­maker’s view was “based on ig­no­rance”.

“Women have a right to say no to sex-this is an old no­tion that when you marry a women you own her body,” she told AFP. “It does not work that way. It is ridicu­lous to say men are abused if women say no to sex.”

The 58-year-old law­maker, from Tereng­ganu state in Malaysia’s Mus­lim heart­land, also said that deny­ing a Mus­lim man the chance to marry a sec­ond wife amounted to abuse. It is le­gal for Mus­lim men in Malaysia to have many as four wives. But they must ob­tain per­mis­sion from an Is­lamic, or shariah, court to marry more than one.

More than 60 per­cent of Malaysia’s popu- la­tion of over 30 mil­lion are Mus­lim. The MP made the com­ments Tues­day dur­ing a de­bate on amend­ments to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence leg­is­la­tion. It is not the first time a law­maker has sparked con­tro­versy with com­ments about women-a mem­ber of Malaysia’s rul­ing coali­tion said in April that girls as young as nine were “phys­i­cally and spir­i­tu­ally” ready for mar­riage. — AFP

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