UAE: Spousal/Child Abuse is A-OK Within Limits
In sadly unshocking news from the UAE, a recent court case affirms once again that women and children have no real rights in a family, as the Supreme Court approves of any abuse as long as no marks are left behind.
Via Salon’s Broadsheet:
In a recent ruling, the United Arab Emirates Federal Supreme Court upheld a man’s right to “chastise” his wife and children.”The ruling, citing the UAE penal code, sanctions beating and other forms of punishment or coercion providing the violence leaves no physical marks,” Human Rights Watch reports.
The decision came in response to the trial of a man accused of beating his wife and 23-year-old daughter. A court found him guilty and fined him 500 dirhams ($136), but he appealed. An appeals court upheld the decision and he took it to the Supreme Court, which also upheld the decision (but nice try, guy). The court ruled that he was guilty of “abusing his Shari’a rights” because, “although the husband has the right to discipline his wife in accordance with article 53 of the penal code, he must abide by conditions setting limits to this right, and if the husband abuses this right to discipline, he shall not be exempt from punishment.”
So there you go. In the UAE a man can abuse his wife and children, who are his property, just as long as he doesn’t do anything that leaves any physical marks. Emotional abuse, denying food, physically intimidating, or locking them away somewhere are part of his rights. Hitting, slapping, beating, hair pulling, pinching, grabbing, kicking, or detaining are all quite ok, as long as no physical signs of these abuses can be seen by the eye.