Scholar: A Third of Israeli Wives Seeking Divorce Are 'Subject to Threats'

Speakers at international conference decry the plight of 'chained women,' whose husbands deny them divorces but are rarely punished by Israel's religious courts.

Israel's rabbinical courts only exercise their power to impose sanctions on recalcitrant husbands in two percent of all divorce cases, a leading legal scholar revealed at an international conference this week.