UAE court: Wife 'discipline' cannot leave marks

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 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 struck.
The ruling was reported Monday in the Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National.