‘Let me leave my hus­band’

Wife tells court of drug abuse

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Nawal Al Ramahi @nawal_ramahi nawal@7days.ae

A woman has de­scribed how her mar­riage de­scended into a night­mare af­ter she learned of her hus­band’s drug addiction.

The Emi­rati, aged 29, has asked Shar­jah Sharia Court to grant her a divorce from her hus­band, also 29. She claimed her hus­band beat her and threat­ened to set her car on fire.

The hus­band, who did not ap­pear in court, also has an out­stand­ing crim­i­nal case against him for threat­en­ing be­hav­iour.

The wife, who asked not to be named, told 7DAYS out­side the court that she could take no more of their mar­riage.

She said: “I feel like I’m in hell liv­ing with my addict hus­band.”

She said she had no idea of his hashish and tra­madol use when they mar­ried.

The woman added: “We have been mar­ried for the past two years.

“I was shocked to learn that my hus­band, whom I mar­ried with tremen­dous ex­pec­ta­tions, is ad­dicted to drugs. I found out about his ad­dic- tion about three months af­ter we got mar­ried.”

She has a child aged 18 months and said she is de­ter­mined not to lose her daugh­ter. The woman said: “I lodged sev­eral com­plaints with Shar­jah so­cial ser­vices, po­lice, and cur­rently I’m stand­ing in court to get di­vorced and en­sure I have the right to be with my child.

“He once told me to go to court and file for a khula divorce, a divorce at the in­sis­tence of the wife, in ex­change for her rights.

“I want to gain cus­tody of my daugh­ter and he should pay al­imony to his child.

“I be­lieve I should fight for my daugh­ter’s rights.”

She said three months ago, her hus­band was sen­tenced to prison for other drug-re­lated cases in Aj­man.

Her hear­ing was ad­journed un­til next month.

‘I’ve lodged com­plaints with po­lice and I’m here in court to en­sure I will be with my child.’ – Claims of the abused woman

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