A new groom in Uzbekistan decided to give his new bride a taste of what her wedded life would be like after she won a game during a toast at their wedding.
The groom took his fist and slugged her in the back of her head after the toastmaster made them compete in an unspecified game.
“The shocked and distraught bride put her hand to her head, before she lifted her white wedding dress from the floor and was led off the stage by two other women,” The Daily Mail reported.
The party music continued while the new groom remained on the stage.
In a similar incident at a 2019 wedding in Uzbekistan, a groom slapped his wife in the face after she pretended to take a slice of wedding cake away from him.
“In Uzbekistan, domestic violence is deemed a family issue and not an actual crime,” The Borgen Project notes. “Since independence from the Soviet Union, the push to reaffirm traditional values has meant that women have a subservient role within the household, and to a further extent, within society. Outside of their homes, women face restrictions on how to live their lives, with limits on educational and work opportunities in favor of marriages and children.”
“With women in rural areas at particular risk for domestic violence, Uzbekistan has largely ignored women’s rights within the home. Violence against women has reportedly increased in recent years,” The Borgen Project concludes.
In February, a video released showed a grinning Iranian man walking through the streets of Ahvaz in southwest Iran while carrying the severed head of his 17-year-old wife, whom he had reportedly murdered with his brother in an “honor killing.”
Sajjad Heydari carried the head of his wife Mona Heydari in one hand and a blade in the other, East2West News reported, according to The New York Post.
“Mona, who also was Sajjad’s cousin, had been forced to marry him when she was just 12 years old, according to the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran,” The Post noted.
The couple had a three-year-old son. That fact was reportedly used to pressure Mona to stay despite domestic abuse and a wish for divorce, but she escaped to Turkey. “Her father helped the husband, who is his nephew, to bring the woman back to the country,” Iran International reported.
Only days after her return, “Sajjad and his brother allegedly tied her hands and chopped off her head. Her body was dumped before her husband paraded through the streets with her head,” the Post reported.