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Shocking moment husband beats wife for visiting beauty salon in Turkmenistan in ‘morality’ crackdown

Shocking moment enraged husband punches and kicks his wife for visiting a beauty salon in Turkmenistan amid ‘morality’ crackdown by ex-Soviet state’s new dictator

  • Distressing video shows husband attack wife who went to a beauty salon 
  • Attack comes as Turkmenistan dictator cracks down on women’s freedoms
  • Police detain women with fake eyelashes and hunt for those with lip fillers 
  • The Muslim-majority country is described as a rampantly corrupt kleptocracy 
  • New president won rigged election in March, taking over from his father 

A deeply distressing video shows how a crazed husband violently beats his wife after finding her in a beauty salon amid a morality crackdown by the ex-Soviet state’s new dictator.

The brutality comes as a new environment of female oppression takes hold in the authoritarian ex-Soviet state Turkmenistan. Husbands can be fined if their wives receive certain beauty or cosmetic treatments.

The Turkmen government has increased control over women’s rights since new President Serdar Berdymukhammedov came to power in March, succeeding his father, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, with 73 per cent of the vote in an election that international observers said was neither free nor fair.

Turkmenistan is widely pilloried for its record on human rights, with international NGOs describing the country as suffering from rampant corruption and openly calling it a kleptocracy. 

Since April, police have detained dozens of women in the street for wearing false nails and eyelashes, or other beauty accessories. Police also hunt for women who they believe might have had lip fillers and other cosmetic adjustments. 

It is in this climate that the man in the shocking video is seen punching and kicking his wife in front of female onlookers, who are unable to prevent his attack. 

Then he starts kicking and punching her

The husband in the shocking video is seen punching and kicking his wife in front of female onlookers who are unable to prevent his attack

The horrible attack goes on for a minute

Other women in the beauty salon watch on helplesly

The aggressive husband storms into the salon shouting at his terrified wife: ‘How long have we been looking for you? You can’t go ****ing around….’ At first he pushes her and leaves. Then seconds later he returns with a sickening assault which leaves her cowering on the floor.

The Turkmen government has increased control over women’s rights since new President Serdar Berdymukhammedov (pictured) came to power in March, succeeding his father, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, with 73 per cent of the vote in an election that international observers said was neither free nor fair

The Turkmen government has increased control over women’s rights since new President Serdar Berdymukhammedov (pictured) came to power in March, succeeding his father, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, with 73 per cent of the vote in an election that international observers said was neither free nor fair

The aggressive husband storms into the salon shouting at his terrified wife: ‘How long have we been looking for you? You can’t go ****ing around….’

At first he pushes her and leaves. Then seconds later he returns with a sickening assault which leaves her cowering on the floor.

Female customers and beauticians are too scared to intervene.

The appalling attack caught on video is believed to have been in a makeshift salon in the Kyoshi district near capital city Ashgabat. 

Visiting beauty salons has become a dangerous act of subversion in the repressive state under the new 40-year-old dictator.

Beauticians – who are taking their work underground – face jail for offering such services.

Turkmenistan's new president, Serdar Berdymukhamedov, shakes hands with Vladimir Putin on the sideline of the summit of Caspian Sea littoral states in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on June 29

Turkmenistan’s new president, Serdar Berdymukhamedov, shakes hands with Vladimir Putin on the sideline of the summit of Caspian Sea littoral states in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on June 29

Such treatments as cutting or dyeing hair, eyelash extensions, manicures, or beauty injections or surgery have become taboo.

The authorities are reported to have carried out raids on salons in the autocratic state. Some women were detained for appearing ‘too promiscuous’.

Now women are pressured to wear traditional Turkmen dress, and a ban has been imposed on padded bras.

A decree was issued banning women from occupying the front seats in cars, say reports.

Driving licenses for female citizens of the country have not been issued for several years – although there has not yet been an official ban, it is claimed.

The fines for women visiting beauty parlours can be imposed on their husbands or fathers, amounting to several monthly salary payments.

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