London, May 16: A video, believed to be aired by Saudi Arabia's national television, a family therapist has given advice on how to beat up one's wife.
The video was said to have been aired in February and came to light only after it was aired in the US via Middle East Media Research Institute, based in Washington, last month.
The Saudi Arabian government is said to have approved the video, it was said.
The therapist, Khaled Al-Saqaby, said in a video posted on YouTube: "Aware that this issue (wife beating) is a thorny one, which contains many hazards. But Allah willing, we will cross this bridge safely."
Saying "the necessary Islamic conditions for (wife) beating must be met," Al Saqaby said the aim of beating a wife is to discipline and not to vent anger.
He also said the wife should be beaten with something like a tooth-cleaning twig or a handkerchief and not a rod or a sharp object.
Speaking on the motive behind beating a wife, Al-Saqaby said the aim is to make the wife understand her "wrong" way of treating her husband.
He said the main reason for the man to beat up his wife is that the latter, in many cases, wants to live a life equal to her husband. Saqaby called it a "grave problem".