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  1. Real World

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    Interesting. Read the entire article before commenting.

    Outcry after French court rules on virginity

    By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press Writer
    1 hour, 20 minutes ago


    PARIS - The bride said she was a virgin. When her new husband discovered that was a lie, he went to court to annul the marriage — and a French judge agreed.


    The ruling ending the Muslim couple's union has stunned France and raised concerns the country's much-cherished secular values are losing ground to religious traditions from its fast-growing immigrant communities.

    The decision also exposed the silent shame borne by some Muslim women who transgress long-held religious dictates demanding proof of virginity on the wedding night.

    In its ruling, the court concluded the woman had misrepresented herself as a virgin and that, in this particular marriage, virginity was a prerequisite.


    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080604/ap_on_re_eu/france_virgin_marriage
     
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    Muslims,they're not all bad, it's those damn white mormons that are ruining the world.

    Muslims treat their women worse than the Kennedys do.

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    This is a pretty idiotic ruling, and do not understand its legal basis.. did the French all of a sudden adopt sharia law.
     
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    I found the article interesting because of the fact that some view this as religious, while the court viewed it as a breech of contract. When I saw the headline, I thought it was a religious ruling, but when I actually read the article, I saw it actually wasn't. It's an interesting case none the less.

     
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    What I want to know is how it was proven. Considering that the hymen can be ruptured by any number of activities, that's not reliable. And what if she'd been molested, say?

    I understand the breach of contract part, what I don't get is the issue of proof.
     
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    If "virginity" is considered "an essential quality of a woman" then France has some serious sexism problems. Last I cjecked the "contract" doesn't contain any stipulations like that. This sets a pretty terrible precedent, as someone in the article said, where husbands have the power to claim imperfections in their wife to disqualify their rights. As far as I know, in the states the only things that qualify as misrepresentation and grounds for breach of contract would be falsification of age, name, infidelity etc. I don't like the fact that the courts here are honoring an oppressive religious mandate that is heavily skewed against the women in marriage.
     
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