The Services Committee of the Shura Council yesterday rejected a draft law granting husbands a right in their dead wife’s pension. The committee ruled that the draft law is not equivalent to a rule that authorises widows a right in their husband’s pension.
The committee also pointed out the requirement that a husband is legally bound to provide for his wife and minor children.
“The wife is not supposed to spend her earnings on her husband or her minor children, even if the husband is insolvent or unable to work,” the committee said. However, in exceptional circumstances, when a husband is physically incapable of working, he is granted a share. “But that is a humanitarian situation and cannot be generalised,” the committee added.