`Beat your wife but don`t leave marks`

The UAE Court says a man can beat his wife and children as long as beating leaves no physical marks.

Abu Dhabi: The UAE`s highest judicial body says 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, where 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 says the man was guilty of harming the women but noted that Islamic codes allow for "discipline" if no marks are left. It also says children who have reached "adulthood" -- approximately puberty -- cannot be struck.

Bureau Report

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