Rabbis order woman to jail

Published: July 26, 2011 at 7:44 AM

JERUSALEM, July 26 (UPI) -- The Jerusalem Rabbinical Court ordered to jail a 59-year-old woman for refusing for 15 years to divorce her husband.

In an interview with Haaretz the woman said: "I won't take the get (religious separation) under any circumstances -- even if they take me to jail … I'm made of steel, you can't break me."

The woman refuses to divorce her husband because of an ongoing property dispute, the newspaper said.

The court ordered her confinement after a series of sanctions failed to secure her agreement.

The sanctions included barring her from leaving the country, restricting her bank account and suspending her driver's license, the newspaper said.

According to Jewish law the power to divorce rests with the husband; however, a man cannot force his wife to agree to a divorce. For a divorce to be valid, the woman must accept it.

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