Muslim men ‘think they have God-given right to beat wives’, claims female Muslim medic

Muslim men ‘think they have God-given right to beat wives’, claims female Muslim medic

Fatima Husain, a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology, has told how she sees Muslim women coming for treatment with strangle marks around their necks and bruises on their pregnant bumps.

She also claimed that problems develop because many followers of Islam are fearful of discussing sex, contraception and infertility.

Dr Husain, who works at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals in Berkshire, told the Muslim News that many women ask to be referred to her specialist clinics because she is a hijab-wearing Muslim, allowing her to discover the true scale of domestic violence in her religious community.

She said: “I’ve seen injuries on some of my patients that I wouldn’t dream would happen to pregnant women.

“Domestic violence is supposedly equally divided amongst the various groups but I get the impression it is more common in Muslims.

“Some Muslim men think they have a God-given right to be physically violent to their spouses. I see the result of all this when they are admitted as my patients.”

Dr Husain went on: “I feel that it is important to talk about issues that are often avoided, especially by Muslims. These often cover areas to do with advanced fertility treatments, contraception issues and psychosexual problems.

“Unfortunately, many misconceptions have developed as a result of a lack of accurate medical information as well as the religious perspective.”

– Source: Muslim men ‘think they have God-given right to beat wives’, claims female Muslim medic, Martin Beckford, The Telegraph (UK), Nov. 7, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog
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