Wife Wants Divorce After Having a Handicapped Baby

Wife Wants Divorce After Having a Handicapped Baby
Thu 07-02-2013

In Ras Al Khaimah a woman is seeking divorce from her husband, who is also her cousin, after she delivered a handicapped baby, saying endogamy is to blame for this problem.

The Arab woman told the Personal Affairs Court in the northern emirate that she had delivered another baby, who was born mentally and physically challenged, and later died.

She also presented medical reports to the court showing she had also aborted other babies and that all of them were handicapped.

Her lawyer told court that the wife has the legal right to seek a divorce to avoid having more handicapped babies, adding that medicine has proved endogamy  (marriage of relatives)  produces mentally and physically challenged children in many cases.