It's no longer illegal to have a baby outside of marriage in the UAE
It's no longer illegal to have a baby outside of marriage in the UAE

It’s no longer illegal to have a baby outside of marriage in the UAE

The UAE pushed through some huge legal changes recently including a new law that effectively decriminalises having a baby outside of marriage.

The legal reforms were the biggest to have hit the country for 50 years, with over 40 laws being changed or updated to celebrate the UAE’s Golden Jubilee.

But one of the most important was the law concerning marriage and children.

Any couple who has a child outside of marriage “will be required to marry or singly or jointly acknowledge the child and provide identification papers and travel documents in accordance with the laws of the country of which either is a national, considering the applicable laws of that nation”, state news channel WAM reported.

The new laws come into effect from January 2, 2022.

Other law changes include…

Greater protection for women and domestic workers.

Rapists will now face life imprisonment. And that could become a death sentence if the victim is under the age of 18 or in a condition in which they are unable to resist.

And sexual assault on anyone below 18, disabled or unable to provide resistance will get a prison sentence of no less than 10 years.

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