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Wife in divorce bid over spouse’s medwakh habit
He is not willing to stop. I am afraid it will damage my health and the health of my baby – The wife requesting a divorce
A newlywed is seeking a divorce from her husband after discovering he is a habitual medwakh smoker.
The pregnant Emirati wife said she fears for her health and that of her unborn child caused by their constant exposure to harmful smoke.
She filed the case at Al Ain’s family court just three months after her wedding and explained that she did not know about her husband-to-be’s smoking until after they married.
The practice of smoking medwakh, a long and slender pipe, filled with dokha, the powdery tobacco, was traditionally been popular with fishermen and Bedouins but has now grown in use among young UAE residents.
She told the court that her husband ignores her when she asks him to refrain from smoking. “I want a divorce,” said the wife. “My husband smokes a lot medwakh and he is not willing to stop the habit.
“I am afraid it will endanger my health and that of my baby.”
The judge referred the case to the reconciliation and guidance department at the court in Al Ain.
Councillors there seek to resolve marriage disputes to see if a divorce can be ulti- mately avoided Fatima Naeem, a psychiatrist and consultant on family and marital relations, said the courts see many cases where young newlyeds seek a divorce within a short period of time since they tied the knot.
She also suggested being pregnant may make certain smells more unbearable than they usually would be.
Naeem said: “It would be good if the couple settles this issue amicably, including finding a solution on how the man can quit smoking instead of them separating.”
ADDICTIVE: The smoking of the Arabic tobacco dohka, with a medwakh pipe is popular among young people