Justice Officials Call for Uniformity in Blood Money

RAS AL KHAIMAH - Justice officials argued on Thursday for uniformity when passing judgment on ‘Diyya’ (blood money) as families of women are currently entitled to less money than men who
lose their lives.

The debate was part of the Third Conference of the Heads of Courts and Judges of Supreme Courts opened by Shaikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, on Thursday at Hotel Al Hamra Fort.

As part of the conference, officials discussed Diyya, or blood money compensated to the family of the deceased.

Under federal law, a person who accidentally commits a harmful act that causes the death of another is obliged to pay Dh200,000 for male victims, irrespective of nationality or religion.

In an attempt to bring about equality in implementing the concept, officials debated whether women’s families should be entitled to the same blood money as when it comes to deceased males.

“Judges are custodians of justice which majestically upholds the rule of just law out of their conscience without influence from any person or authority over them,’’ Shaikh Saud said in his welcome address.

In his inaugural address, Shaikh Saud said that independence of judiciary is a cornerstone for impartial dispensation of justice that is vital to secure the rights of citizens as well as residents.

Minister of Justice Dr Hadef Al Dhahiri said the meeting aimed at boosting coordination between federal and local judges to meet common challenges.

“We also seek to stimulate joint legal and jurisprudent research to enable judiciaries live up to challenges generated by the rapid growth in the country, the minister said.

Ahmed Al Khateri, Chairman of Ras Al Khaimah Department of Courts, stressed that the UAE constitution guarantees the principle of equality before law irrespective of origin, homeland, faith, social standing or any forms of discrimination.

ismail@khaleejtimes.com with inputs from Wam

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