Not only is Mohammed Mursi’s presidency proving divisive on Egypt’s streets, the embattled leader is also sparking marital tiffs – of the violent kind.
An Egyptian woman has had enough of her husband, who she says has repeatedly beaten her for mocking the Islamist president.
Filing for divorce this week, the 31-year-old schoolteacher, who was not named by Egyptian press, told the court that her 35-year-old partner battered her on several occasions, for speaking about the embattled Egyptian president in a “disrespectful way.”
The violence resulted in her often leaving home to stay with her parents, according to local media reports.
The husband confessed in court that his wife continually mocked Mursi.
“I cannot live with him anymore,” said the woman, as quoted by Egypt-based al-Masry al-Youm. “We’ve been fighting over this for 8 months.”
The couple has been married for 12 years.
This is not the first time that controversy over Egypt’s president has resulted in domestic violence.
During last year’s presidential elections, an Egyptian plumber in Alexandria beat his pregnant wife to death when he learned that she had not voted for Mursi.
The woman died on the way to hospital from sustained injuries.
The issue of domestic violence in the country dominated Egyptian news headlines during the election, when the bid fell on Islamist Mursi and former regime prime minister Ahmed Shafiq.