UAE judicial official condemns domestic violence

October 20, 2010 14:21


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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A senior Emirati judicial official says the UAE does not condone domestic abuse, renewing questions about the issue after the country's highest court ruled that a man can beat his wife and children provided it leaves no physical marks.

The state news agency WAM quoted Humaid al-Muhairi on Wednesday saying Emirati courts "do not tolerate any degree of family violence, whether verbal or physical." He directs the Justice Ministry's judicial inspection department.

Al-Muhairi called domestic violence a great concern and "always a regrettable event."

The Federal Supreme Court found a man guilty of beating his wife and adult daughter earlier this month, but noted that Islamic codes allow for "discipline" if no marks are left.

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