Husbands Can Hit Wives As Long As They Don’t Leave Marks, UAE Court Rules
Good news, domestic abusers! An Islamic court in the United Arab Emirates has ruled a husband or father can “discipline” his wife and children as long as he does not leave any marks. This decision follows a ruling where a man was taken to court for slapping his wife, injuring her bottom lip and teeth, and kicking his 23-year-old daughter, causing her to bruise. The man claimed that under Sharia law (Islamic scholarship), he was allowed to discipline the womenfolk when other methods of conflict resolution, including admonition and refusing to sleep with his wife, had failed. The court agreed — although Islamic scholars themselves are unclear whether the text says violence against wives is actually condoned — and said this particular man only erred in leaving marks.