Arab women praying311.
(photo credit: Illustrative photo: Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT)
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The UAE's highest judicial body ruled recently that 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 despite its international appeal in which
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 said the man was guilty of harming the women but noted that Islamic
codes allow for "discipline" if no marks are left. It also said children
who have reached "adulthood" — approximately puberty — cannot be
The ruling was reported Monday in the Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National