Woman gets divorce from abusive husband

ABU DHABI — The Federal Supreme Court has granted a woman’s plea for divorce on the ground that she was verbally abused by being described as a “donkey and female monkey”.

By Adel Arafa

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Published: Mon 5 Jun 2006, 10:57 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:20 PM

The apex court in its ruling dated May 14 this year, underlined that the husband, as per court documents, swore at his wife saying “Come on donkey and she-monkey”.

Manea Saif had filed a lawsuit with the Abu Dhabi Shariah Court of First Instance, demanding that his wife Faizah Sulaiman return to his house accepting his authority and obey him. On the other hand, the wife filed a counter suit, demanding divorce for the offence, since her husband beat her severely, and insulted her.

The Abu Dhabi Shariah Court of First Instance on May 2005, ruled in favour of a reversible divorce while dismissing the husband’s petition, besides ordering him to pay the court expenses. The husband went into appeal against the verdict of the Abu Dhabi Shariah Court of Appeal, which on October 24, 2005, rejected his plea, upheld the verdict of the lower court.

The husband took the case to the Supreme Federal Court, arguing that the verdict was based on his confession to having insulted his wife, before the Family Guidance Section, and had paid no attention to the fact that he and his wife consummated their relationship afterwards, following which she withdrew her complaint.

However, the apex court observed that he had failed, both before the Court of First Instance, and the Court of Appeal, to prove that he consummated the relationship with his wife after insulting her. Neither could he prove that his wife withdrew her plaint before any court of law. The Supreme Court turned down his plea and ordered him to pay the court expenses besides confiscation of his deposit.

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