Fatima Ali Hamze with her son. (The Daily Star/ Facebook)
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Local rights groups Friday denounced the arrest of Lebanese mother Fatima Hamzeh for refusing to give up her child and called for street protests to be held over the weekend.Hamzeh, who refused to give up her 3-1/2-year-old son Ali following a custody battle with her estranged husband, was arrested Wednesday and is being held at the Ghobeiri police station.Hamzeh and her estranged husband, whom she married in 2012, are not divorced but live separately.Hamzeh refused to accept the judgment that ordered her to give up her child, Fadia said.The public anger over the arrest of Hamzeh was largely caused by the precedent that says the Jaafari Court automatically grants custody to the father when the child reaches 2 years of age, if the parents are divorced. However, Sheikh Ali al-Mawla, a judge at the Jaafari Court, told The Daily Star that divorce isn't a condition to decide in such matters.
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