A man can beat his wife and kids as long as he leaves no physical marks, the United Arab Emirates' highest court has found.
According to Shariah law, a man can beat his wife and children as long as he has first tries unsuccessfully to discipline them by admonishing and then abstaining from sexual relations with his wife.
Islamic scholars don't agree on the definition of "beating" but they do agree that it should not be too severe.
"Although the (law) permits the husband to use his right (to discipline), he has to abide by the limits of this right," Chief Justice Falah al Hajeri wrote in the ruling released Sunday, according to The National. "If the husband abuses this right to discipline, he cannot be exempted from punishment."