Crime and Courts

Woman sues father in UAE for not letting her marry fiance

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on November 9, 2020


A woman in Abu Dhabi has filed a lawsuit against her father for allegedly refusing to allow her get married to a man who had proposed to her.

The Arab woman in her 30s said at the personal affairs court that she requested her father to make marriage arrangements, but he rejected the proposal.

The complainant said she moved out of her house because of the disagreements she had with her father.

In court, the father said his daughter’s fiancé never sought her hand formally from him. “How could I respond to him when he never approached me? Besides, I don’t think he is fit to marry my daughter.”

The father claimed that the fiancé did not have the “financial and health abilities” to take care of his daughter.

Rabia Abdul Rahman, the lawyer representing the father, presented documents suggesting that multiple court cases had been filed against the fiancé.

As per UAE customs, a man has to personally present himself to the woman’s guardians and formally seek her hand, the lawyer argued, adding that the fiancé did not do this.

He requested the court to dismiss the case and to oblige the plaintiff to pay the legal expenses.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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