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Court strips father of unmarried daughter's guardianship

Jeddah court has ruled it’s a 'heinous act' for a man to prevent a woman under his guardianship from marrying a suitable groom

Court strips father of unmarried daughter's guardianship
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A court in Saudi Arabia has reportedly revoked a father’s guardianship over his daughter because he has refused to allow her to marry for more than 10 years.

The 30-year-old daughter claimed she had received several marriage proposals from suitable men and was suffering because her father had inflicted adhl – the Islamic term for when a male guardian prevents a woman from marrying – without a justifiable reason, Saudi Gazette reported.

Two male relatives supported her case.

The Jeddah court agreed to make her eldest brother her guardian.

The court warned against exerting adhl over women and said it was a “heinous act” for a man to prevent a woman under his guardianship from marrying a suitable groom.

There are nearly 1.5 million eligible men in the kingdom, according to Saudi Gazette.