Ques­tions about penal­ties in UAE’s new child law

7 Days in Dubai - - PUZZLES -

I just no­ticed that hit­ting kids is now a crime (7DAYS, June 16). Let me start by stat­ing that I have no prob­lem with this law and if it is needed in order to pro­tect chil­dren so be it. How­ever, I also read this week that some­one is get­ting one year jail sen­tence for rap­ing a three-year-old boy, so I am just won­der­ing if it is one year for the rape of a child then re­ally I can’t see how smack­ing a naughty child can give you a harder pun­ish­ment. Gripe Dubai To make mat­ters worse, our daugh­ters were told to go down­stairs and not even al­lowed to pray in front of the mosque en­trance. We did say sorry and say that we are new in Dubai, beg­ging for en­try in the mosque for at least tonight but the lady was not ne­go­tiable at all. We all then had to pray out­side the mosque build­ing, where we can hear the Imam read clearly but with­out the AC and ev­ery passer-by can see us. Af­ter that, we were shocked to know that the boys can pray in­side the mosque. Why is there dif­fer­ence be­tween boys and girls in the same mosque? Do all mosques in the UAE not al­low chil­dren to pray in­side? How can any­one be­ing de­nied en­try to the house of Al­lah? Nooreen, Dubai

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