The United Arab Emirates (UAE) relaxed its Islamic laws that dealt with personal freedoms, loosening alcohol restrictions and criminalising “honour killing”, The development comes a few weeks after US President Donald Trump brokered a historic peace deal normalising relations between the UAE, Israel, Sudan and Bahrain.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) in its legal reforms, has also scrapped punishment for allowing unmarried couples to live together.
Though officials used to look the other way in the case of foreigners, especially in Dubai, there was always the threat of punishment lingered on in tourists’ minds.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has also criminalised the “honour killings” custom, as per to which a male relative could escape prosecution for assaulting a woman who was seen as bringing disgrace or dishonour to the family.
Human rights groups have lashed out at the UAE and other Gulf countries in the past, accusing them of killing hundreds of women over activities such as eloping, fraternising with men or anything of a similar nature which could be seen as bringing “dishonour” upon the family.
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