Abused wife is denied get
A DIVORCE case being heard at the Jerusalem Beth Din has caused fury following a ruling that, despite being repeatedly beaten by her husband, a wife is not eligible to demand a get.
Dayanim ruled the husband’s conduct was “due to the difficult situation he is in following his wife’s divorce suit against him”.
The ruling was given two weeks ago in the ongoing case of a Jerusalem couple. The wife initially sued for divorce last July, but was turned down by the court.
Following the first hearing, the husband attacked her and received a custodial sentence. She appealed to the High Rabbinical Court, which returned the case to the Jerusalem Beth Din for further consideration.
Two new charges of marital violence were served against the husband. But although the Beth Din ruled that “any assault of a man’s wife is unjustified in any case, and should be dealt with severely,” it added: “Without a doubt the husband’s outburst was due to the difficult situation he is in following his wife’s divorce suit against him.
“There is no doubt that had the wife agreed to her husband’s request to try and return to normal life, the event would not have happened.”
Batya Kahana-Dror, chief executive of a non-profit organisation which supports women denied a get, represented the wife in the case.
She complained to Israel’s Attorney General saying the Beth Din had “given legitimacy to men to beat their wives and use severe violence against them if they try to initiate divorce proceedings against their will”.