Monday, October 18, 2010

'Beat your wife but don't leave marks'; Abu Dhabi Supreme Court

Abu Dhabi: The UAE's highest judicial body says a man can beat his wife and young children as long as the beating leaves no physical marks.

The decision by the Federal Supreme Court shows the strong influence of Islamic law in the Emirates, where foreign residents greatly outnumber the local population.

The court made the ruling earlier this month in the case of a man who left cuts and bruises on his wife and adult daughter after a beating.

It says the man was guilty of harming the women but noted that Islamic codes allow for "discipline" if no marks are left. It also says children who have reached "adulthood" -- approximately puberty -- cannot be struck.

Zee News

1 comment:

gsw said...

This is one of the reasons we kicked the church out of parliament and installed secularity. (Yes, apart from a few old bishops in the house of lords with no real power.)

Most religions claim men are 'lords' over women. Beating them with a stick no thicker than his thumb.
Theocracy always suppresses people and enslaves females.

The islamic 'umma' just hasn't caught up with us enlightened types yet. Without female emancipation, gender-apartheid still runs rife.