By Joanne Bladd
Woman claims her husband refused to sleep with her and caused her mental anguish, Dubai court hears
An Emirati businessman is being sued for AED45m ($12m) in a Dubai court for failing to have sex with his wife and causing her mental suffering, it was reported Wednesday.
The unnamed woman, who married her husband in 2008, said he refused to sleep with her in the first four months of their marriage and later disclosed he suffered from erectile dysfunction, Gulf News reported.
“He was exactly the opposite of what he claimed to me before we signed the marriage contract. I suffered mentally, emotionally and lost any hope to become a mother," she was quoted as saying by the paper.
“Considering the conservative Arab values and the woman's situation in such a society, I remained silent and tried to adapt.”
Court records show the ex-husband divorced the woman after 15 months. The claimant alleged he forced her to resign from her job, retained her passport and did not pay any alimony after the separation, the paper said.
The claimant, whose nationality was not disclosed, is seeking AED45m in compensation.
The case is pending before Dubai Courts.
I checked with some Muslim scholars, and they confirmed that the Islamic Sharia Law does require full disclosure of any health problems or sexual dysfunction in either side. If he hid that from her, then he's got to pay for his dishonesty. She can ask for 45m, but will the court see it justifies? She's got to give reasons for such a large amount requested. Maybe the length of the time he kept on dragging the lie, or maybe when he demanded she quits her job. Sexual activity is the right of each party in any marriage. Withholding it from the other side is a naughty thing to do. Well ... a bad thing, actually.