Sultan's word is final on who Omani brides can marry

Omani decree allows women to petition sultan if their parents reject their choice of husband.

Omani parents who demand high dowries will no longer have the last word on who can marry their daughters, thanks to a royal decree issued yesterday by Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

Lutfi al Rashdi, a lawyer at Salmi Legal Consultancy in Muscat, said: “What the royal decree basically means is that if the court rules in favour of the parents, then the girl can appeal straight to the sultan and the judgment can be overruled, depending on the circumstances."

Source: Middle East Online

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