‘Domestic violence remains a great concern’

ABU DHABI - A senior judicial official has stressed that while not widely spread in the UAE, domestic violence remains of a great concern to the government.

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Published: Wed 20 Oct 2010, 4:11 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:31 PM

Humaid Al Muhairi, Director of Judicial Inspection Department at the Ministry of Justice, said in a statement: “Violence within the framework of a family is always a regrettable event and is, of course, not something that is confined to the United Arab Emirates.”

Al Muhairi went on to say, “It is worth noting, however, that in the case of the recent ruling by the UAE Supreme Court on the case in which a husband was accused of engaging in such practices, the husband was convicted of an excessive degree of chastisement of his wife.”

“It is clear, therefore, that Sharia law does not permit such acts. The ruling further stated that the father’s chastisement of his adult daughter was a breach of Sharia law. This is in line with judgments in many previous cases where persons have been convicted of the use of an unacceptable degree of violence within the context of their families.”

He concluded: “While there is no evidence that inter-familial violence is widespread in the United Arab Emirates, the issue remains one of concern to Government and the full force of the law will continue to be brought against those who may exercise chastisement of any kind, verbal or otherwise, beyond acceptable bounds.”

“Our courts adhere to strict policy not to tolerate any degree of family violence whether verbal or physical”.

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