Outrage in Portugal after an appeals court cites the Bible in their decision to not punish a man after he savagely beat his ex-wife.
Citing Bible verses calling for the execution of adulterous women, the court ruled that a man was justified in beating his “disloyal” and “immoral” ex-wife after she had an affair.
There’s outrage in Portugal after an appeals court there ruled that a man shouldn’t have to serve jail time in the savage beating of his ex-wife, because her infidelity brought “dishonor” to him.
The beating happened in June 2015, when the man and his former wife’s ex-lover joined forces to attack her with a nail-spiked club. According to court documents, the ex-lover restrained her while the man hit her in the head and body with the club. Injuries from the beating to the head required her to get five stitches.
In their ruling, the panel of judges cited Bible passages that justify their failure to put the man behind bars, in particular passages stating that “the adulterous woman must be punished by death.”
The judges made clear that the woman’s infidelity during marriage justified the beating. Commenting on the decision, Judge Joaquim Neto de Moura, who signed the ruling, said:
Now, the adultery of the woman is a very serious attack on the honor and dignity of the man. It was the disloyalty and the sexual immorality of the plaintiff that made (the defendant) fall into a profound depression, and it was in this depressive state and clouded by the revolt that carried out the act of aggression, as was well considered in the judgment under appeal.
As one might expect, this deplorable ruling has sparked outrage in Portugal and around the world. Human rights group Amnesty International condemned the ruling “not only for the performance of the adjudicating judges in breach of the legal and constitutional precepts, but for the reflection of a culture and justice that promotes misogyny.”
Bottom line: In Portugal, beating your wife is not a serious offense, and as long as the abuser can find a Bible verse or two justifying the abuse, he won’t go to jail.