left in penury

See: bankrupt
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Mrs May said: "There is evidence of women being 'divorced' under Sharia law and left in penury, wives who are forced to return to abusive relationships because Sharia councils say a husband has a right to 'chastise', and Sharia councils giving the testimony of a woman only half the weight of the testimony of a man.
With increases in gas, electricity, council tax, public transport and now water the low paid are left in penury.