Instead of help the police argued Sharia Law

Though Police Corps president decided to examine previous investigation, the case is probably time-barred four years after the original resolution.

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A Slovak woman abused by her Arabian husband failed to get help from the Slovak police after the investigator assessed her complaints against her husband as only infringements. Islamic Sharia law  had precedence over the Slovak law in this case of repeated physical and mental abuse, the Pravda daily reported. 

While the Slovak woman Andrea (46) sought protection for four years, the police argued that under Sharia law a man was entitled to punish his wife.

After reading the resolution, the General Prosecutor’s Office of Jaromír Čižnár  ordered the Bratislava Regional Prosecutor’s Office to investigate the procedures followed by the the police in 2010 and 2012.

“The General Prosecutor considers the investigator’s reasoning to be awful,” said General Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Andrea Predajňová, as quoted by Pravda, adding that the office accepted criminal complaints submitted by battered women.

After the current submission, the investigator brought a charge against 41-years old Khalid M. A., a Saudi Arabian doctor who lives in Bratislava. He is accused of committing the crime of domestic violence and the Regional Court sent him into custody. Boris Suchovský of the court explained that they sent him into custody due to fear that he might flee, hide or thwart criminal proceedings and continue to commit crime.

However, the accused man filed a complaint against his imprisonment, Pravda wrote.

Police ignores such cases

In January 2016, after the murder of a woman who sought help from the police following abuse, Čižnár pointed out that police forces ignore such cases and record these criminal acts as infringements.

“There are even efforts, according to specific files, to tempt women who want to go to the police into believing that it is nothing,” said Čižnár, as cited by Pravda.

Read also:Murdered woman repeatedly approached police

Miroslav Nosál, a social therapist of the civil association Victim Support Slovakia, agrees with Čižnár, recommending that women visit the police accompanied by lawyers who may then stop classification of their situation as infringements. In practice, it is about every fourth woman, he said.

Though the Police Corps President Tibor Gašpar decided to examine the work of the original investigator and her supervisor, the case is probably time-barred four years after the original resolution, Pravda wrote.

Andrea lived with her Arabian spouse in Slovakia from 2004 and a year before their wedding she adopted the Islamic religion. While she submitted three criminal complaints for repeated beating, prohibition to go out, watch TV and listen to the radio and control of what she could wear, the police came to the conclusion that these were only infringements arguing that Islamic religion and Sharia laws disadvantage women in various ways. Whereas she and their three children are hiding themselves from the husband, he has reported that they are missing, claiming that his wife does not consent to divorce and that she has depressions and delusions.

In Islamic countries with ruling Sharia law, women have to obey men and ask them when they want to get married, work or travel. Since late-2015, women can contest and vote in elections, however only through selected representatives and without billboards. Even pre-election staff which take care of campaigns cannot be gender-mixed, Pravda reported.

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