I heard this story on the radio while driving to court this morning. Domestic violence prevails but there is no need to worry . . . because sharia allows it.
In Germany, under normal circumstances, one must wait a year after separation from spouse before a divorce can be granted. However, when the facts warrant, an expedited divorce may be granted.
A 26-year-old Moroccan immigrant living in Germany, as well as her attorney, thought she had such facts - her Moroccan husband inflicted domestic violence and threatened to kill her. Sounds reasonable, no?
No, not according to the judge in the matter:
"The judge rejected the application for a speedy divorce by referring to a passage in the Koran that some have controversially interpreted to mean that a husband can beat his wife. It's a supposed right which is the subject of intense debate among Muslim scholars and clerics alike. 'e exercise of the right to castigate does not fulfill the hardship criteria as defined by Paragraph 1565 (of German federal law),' the daily Frankfurter Rundschau quoted the judge's letter as saying. It must be taken into account, the judge argued, that both man and wife have Moroccan backgrounds."
I am sorry, but what does German law say about the issue? This is another example of "embracing multiculteralism" and "respecting ethnic values" run amok. I would hope that no jurisdiction in the United States of America would consider something as asinine as this.