Court hears woes of women whose men deserted them

RAS AL KHAIMAH — Reflecting a disturbing social phenomenon, six women have filed complaints with the judicial authorities here claiming that their husbands had long since deserted them and that they had no inkling of their whereabouts.

By Sadiq A. Salam

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Published: Sun 2 Jul 2006, 10:25 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:05 PM

In their petitions, the six women contended that their husbands had forsaken them way back and, subsequently, also stopped providing for them and their children. One of the complainants said her spouse had disappeared as far back as in1997 whereas the others recalled losing contact with their men three to four years ago.

Two of the truant husbands in question, it came to light, had been deported after serving prison sentences in lieu of separate crimes. One of the plaintiffs said that her husband had deserted her not long after their marriage four years ago for no apparent reason. She also contended that he was resident in another emirate but that she wasn't aware of his whereabouts.

Another woman told the court of how her husband had been arrested just ten days after their marriage for thieving and conning. Even the ten days he had spent with her, he had been rather preoccupied with evading law enforcement authorities, she recounted.

One of the complainants, an Asian national married to a local man, said she had been stripped of UAE nationality for marrying an expatriate. She also narrated how she and her children had been left stateless and with no identification documents to prove bonafide nationality.

Almost all the women concurred that the irresponsible behaviour of their husbands had caused them great financial strain, apart from psychological and social trauma, with the runaway men being the sole breadwinners in the families.

The plaintiffs requested the Family Disputes Committee (FDC) of RAK Judiciary Department (RJD) to annul their marriage contracts at the earliest to spare them further trauma.

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