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Thu 23 Jul 2009 12:00 PM

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Kuwaitis without pre-marital checks face prison

Kuwaiti couples have to undergo compulsory medical checks before getting wed.

Kuwaiti couples who fail to have medical checks for genetic and infectious diseases before getting married face prison sentences, the government warned on Thursday.

From July 30, Kuwaiti and half Kuwaiti couples will have to undergo compulsory examinations to detect any health issues “before it’s too late”, according to media reports.  

Anyone who gets married without medical clearance could be imprisoned for a year, while legal authorities that sign marriage contracts carrying no pre-marital medical tests will be fined up to KD1,000 ($3,485).

Dr Al-Zamanan, justice ministry undersecretary for judicial affairs, said the details of couples undergoing medical checks would remain private.

The Ministry of Health will issue application forms to couples and then arrange appointments at Sabah Medical Area in Kuwait.

It is unclear what action the government will take for people who fail the tests.  

Couples living in other countries will also have to be checked prior to marriage, with the Ministries of Justice, Health and Foreign Affairs working together to organise tests at medical centres outside Kuwait.   

Divorcees wishing to remarry will have to take another pre-marital test if the examination is scheduled at least six months after their previous check-up.

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Abdullah 11 years ago

This is a western sanctioned way to cause more premarital sex and dating to go on. The more you make marriage harder, the more young women and men will find "alternative ways". This is a ridiculous law and has no use except to promote the western agenda for the region.

MR. PATEL 11 years ago

This is not a vice conspiracy but rather a way to protect Kuwaiti women. Too many guys go to Bangkok and come back with many different things and there future virgin wife needs to know that he is clean. This new law may impact the 24 hour marraige contracts readily available here.

Jassem 11 years ago

Dear Abdullah, I am aKuwaiti and DO NOT think that this law is a conspiracy to promote the western agenda. If you think it is, please explain in detail so i understand where you are coming from. I think its a good law because it protects the couple from unkown genetic / hereditary diseases as well as undetected STD's. Thats what its meant to do. Sooo pls, stop finding any excuse to thrash the west when you have a baseless argument. I am single and plan to get married. And i would like to get tested to make sure both myself and my partner are cleared medically. I think you would feel the same way too.Thanks

amina 10 years ago

this is really great!!! i think it should be law everywhere. amazing protection for women. i am western women converted to islam. i will love to marry but i am not foolish enough to think all men are pure and it is very hard to ask an arabic man "please get tested before i marry you" he will take it as a huge insult. This takes burden off of peoples shoulders. there are many std's that can be transmitted and no symptoms for many years until damage is already done. good job!!!