Qatar: four in ten marriages end in divorce

Often due to domestic violence, but women disadvantaged in court

09 December, 17:08

    (ANSAmed) - DOHA, DECEMBER 9 - Four in ten marriages between citizens of the conservative Islamic emirate of Qatar end in divorce, Doha-based The Peninsula newspaper reported Monday.

    Foreign residents of Qatar have a lower divorce rate, or 25%, data from the country's Supreme Council for Family Affairs showed.

    Koranic law allows divorce but does not necessarily create an even playing field between the genders. ''Family law is generally interpreted to the detriment of women, guaranteeing men a privileged status in cases of divorce, inheritance, and child custody'', according to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) 2013 report on Qatar.

    While domestic violence remains a leading cause for divorce in Qatar, the emirate does not have a law specifically making this conduct a crime, according to HRW. (ANSAmed).

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