This story caught my eye this morning. Superficially, it’s a fairly run of the mill story about the inequitable treatment of women under the Sharia system. As with many of these stories, there is a mixture of misogyny – wives not obeying their husbands and the frankly bizarre – being a bad mother because a child has eczema* (though, by the same logic, this should make the man in the case a bad father).
Sadly, this only seems to be news because it involves two British women being separated from their children – it’s surely no coincidence that the first word in the headline is “Britons”.
But if you read carefully, there’s a more troubling element to this story than a deeply unpleasant and alien judicial system. The men who initiated these proceedings were neither Muslim nor, it would appear, from a culturally Middle Eastern background – they were French and British citizens of European descent. And, whatever the facts of these bitter divorce and custody proceedings, that’s worrying.
In the interest of balance, one of the ex-husbands gives his side of the story here: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/general/custody-battle-british-dad-fights-back-1.951426
*In other versions of this story, the mother is accused of not treating the child’s eczema