A reality TV contestant in Serbia has captured international attention for assaulting his wife on television (video below).
The scene was the set of the TV show “Couples,” a show in which complete strangers marry each other. Contestant Nenad Marinkovic-Gastoz, 31, beat up his wife, 24-year-old Zorika Dukic, the Daily Mail reports.
Dukic had been trying to intervene in a fight between her husband and another contestant when the incident took place.
The husband quickly clamped his hand over the woman’s mouth before pinching her nose to stop her breathing.
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Marinkovic-Gastoz then dragged his wife to the toilets, hitting her on the backside and holding her in a headlock before repeatedly banging her head.
"You are my girl! I will talk for you! Shut up, I said shut up,” Gastoz can be heard screaming at his wife.
Yet what shocked many is that the other contestant merely looked on, with one woman simply eating an apple as she watched the violence unfold.
What’s more, some viewers did not feel sympathy for the wife, explaining they believe it was actually a stunt.
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"I reckon they have an arrangement. They will last as long as the show lasts,” said an unidentified source.
Still, others were appalled by the incident.
“How on earth did the other couples just sit there and do nothing? I'd have gone absolutely mental and been screaming at the men to DO SOMETHING!” said a Daily Mail reader.
Yet this is not the first TV show this year to shock many for its depiction of domestic violence.
A new show in Saudi Arabia called “How to Beat Your Wife” launched in February 2016, and has scandalized many worldwide, NDTV reports.
The show is aired on national television and features a therapist, Khaled Al-Saqaby, teaching men how to properly abuse their wives.
Al-Saqaby says he is "aware that this issue [wife beating] is a thorny one, which contains many hazards. But Allah willing, we will cross this bridge safely."
He proceeds to explain the the purpose of beating a wife "is to discipline, not to vent one's anger."
"[The] beating should not be performed with a rod or sharp object, but instead something like the sewak tooth-cleaning twig -- or with a handkerchief," he adds.
WARNING: Video below contains sensitive material.