A Chinese farmer's conviction for raping his wife has sparked resentment among men and even some women, one of whom wrote a magazine to say wives should "do what their husbands require," a newspaper reported Monday.

The official China Daily gave few details about the controversial rape case, saying only that a magazine story about the man's trial and imprisonment prompted resentful responses from readers.The sketchy account said the farmer, Jing Zhiping, was at odds from the outset with his new wife, who left him just six days after their wedding to work in a city as a housekeeper.