I recently came across this verse wherein it is permitted to beat wives if they are being arrogant.
"Men are in charge of women by what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband's] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance - [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand." [4:34]
I took the translation from www.quran.com
Is this real? Men are allowed or even encouraged (as it is in our holy book) to beat their wives or am I missing something here?