French Judge Applies Sharia

Outrage as French judge annuls Muslim marriage over bride’s virginity lie

Times Online

The Sichel Moon over Fwance

* Anybody surprised? Not so long ago a (female) German judge ruled that a Muhammedan wife should be aware that Islamic law allows the husband to give her a good thrashing now and then and that she should have been aware of that when she got married.

* Nothing to do with Islam, of course not:

* “Religion did not motivate the decision . . . but it is true that religious convictions played a role.”

The annulment of a young Muslim couple’s marriage because the bride was not a virgin has caused anger in France, prompting President Sarkozy’s party to call for a change in the law.

The decision by a court in Lille was condemned by the Government, media, feminists and civil rights organisations after it was reported in a legal journal on Thursday. Patrick Devedjian, leader of the ruling Union for a Popular Movement, said it was unacceptable that the law could be used for religious reasons to repudiate a bride. It must be modified “to put an end to this extremely disturbing situation”, he said.

The case, which had previously gone unreported, involved an engineer in his 30s, named as Mr X, who married Ms Y, a student nurse in her 20s, in 2006. The wedding night party was still under way at the family’s home in Roubaix when the groom came down from the bedroom complaining that his bride was not a virgin.

He could not display the blood-stained sheet that is traditionally exhibited as proof of the bride’s “purity”.

Mr X went to court the following morning and was granted a annulment on the grounds that his bride had deceived him on “one of the essential elements” of the marriage. In disgrace with both families, she acknowledged that she had led her groom to believe that she was a virgin when she had already had sexual intercourse. She did not oppose the annulment.

Critics ran out of superlatives to condemn what they depicted as a dangerous aberration. Valérie Létard, Minister for Women’s Rights, said that she was “shocked to see that today in France the civil law can be used to diminish the status of women”.

Elisabeth Badinter, a philosopher and pioneer of women’s legal rights, said that she felt shame for the French justice system. “The sexuality of women in France is a private and free matter,” she said. “The annulment will just serve to send young Muslim girls running to hospitals to have their hymens restored.”

Although officially discouraged, the 30-minute operation is in increasing demand from Muslim women who fear the consequences of being unable to prove their virginity on their wedding night. Numerous agencies offer services for surgery trips to north African nations. One is offering a “hymenoplasty trip” to Tunis for €1,250 (£980). Internet sites and blogs are full of would-be brides in fear of the test of “the blood-soaked sheet”.

While ministers fulminated against the Lille decision, a different stand was taken by Rachida Dati, the Justice Minister, who has Moroccan and Tunisian parents. The law had, she said, protected the bride. “Annulling a marriage is a way of protecting the person who perhaps wants to undo a marriage. I think this young girl wanted . . . to separate quite quickly. The law is there to protect vulnerable people,” Ms Dati said.

The annulment was defended by Xavier Labbée, the lawyer who acted for Ms Y. The decision was justified by the bride’s deception, not her sexual history, he argued. “Quite simply it is about a lie,” he said. “Religion did not motivate the decision . . . but it is true that religious convictions played a role.”

Requests for annulments have risen sharply to nearly 2,000 a year in France, but experts could recall no case involving non-virginity.

5 thoughts on “French Judge Applies Sharia”

  1. And now, because she’s a “whore”, then back in the Muslim shithole area she comes from, the “youth” will subject her to a tournante or three if/when they get their hands on her.

    Do you reckon her dad and brothers will protect her?

    If the Muslim record is anything to go by – they’ll kill her first (or afterwards maybe?) and consider it a restoration of their family “honour”.

    Islam is a mental illness.

  2. Islam is not the only illness here. That frog judge obviously had a mental illness of some kind.

  3. Somebody please tell these savages that the hymen cannot be used as an accurate gauge of virginity.

  4. Though this particular annulment leaves a bad taste, one can view it as simply just an extension of “no fault” annulment or divorce that is now the norm in the West.

    The real tragedy was when divorce was made as easy as breaking an engagement to a party. It demeaned the institution of marriage, and this set off a chain of social consequences that we are now reaping.

  5. Does she already has a place to hide. To b protected to all male family member, may be even for the male members of her to-be- inlaws.
    These people are so sick in the head. This judge he should be taken off the bench. Their should have been a doctor explaining the situation.
    What kind of man is this any way, all because of their crazy and distorted way of thinking. Apperently their is no love involved here. What a way of life to be looking for.

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