En domstol i Lille i Frankrike har tatt ektemannens klage til følge og annulert et ekteskap fordi kvinnen ikke var jomfru. Begge var muslimer. Dommen har opprørt store deler av Frankrike.
Elisabeth Badinter, a philosopher and pioneer of women’s legal rights, said that she felt shame for the French justice system. «The sexuality of women in France is a private and free matter,» she said. «The annulment will just serve to send young Muslim girls running to hospitals to have their hymens restored.»
Saken begynte i 2006, men er først nå blitt kjent gjennom et juridisk tidsskrift.
The case, which had previously gone unreported, involved an engineer in his 30s, named as Mr X, who married Ms Y, a student nurse in her 20s, in 2006. The wedding night party was still under way at the family’s home in Roubaix when the groom came down from the bedroom complaining that his bride was not a virgin. He could not display the blood-stained sheet that is traditionally exhibited as proof of the bride’s «purity».
Mr X went to court the following morning and was granted a annulment on the grounds that his bride had deceived him on «one of the essential elements» of the marriage. In disgrace with both families, she acknowledged that she had led her groom to believe that she was a virgin when she had already had sexual intercourse. She did not oppose the annulment.
Leder av regjeringspartetm UPM, Patrick Devedjian, fant det uakseptabelt at religiøse hensyn skulle kunne diktere utfallet i en domstol.
Det er frykt for at muslimers familie- og kvinnesyn gradvis vinner aksept i rettsvesenet. Da vil ikke muslimske kvinner få samme status som sine franske medsøstrre.
Pascal Bruckner snakket om kjennelsen på Litteraturfestivalen på LIllehammer fredag.