Princess Haya, wife of the ruler of Dubai, is seeking a court order to prevent forced child marriage

Princess Haya, wife of the ruler of Dubai, is seeking a court order to prevent forced child marriage

A sixth billionaire Dubai woman has applied to a London court for an order preventing one of her children from being forced into marriage, the media reported.

The British Press Association (PA) and Reuters reported on Tuesday that Princess Haya bint al-Hussein had filed a mandatory petition for marriage protection in the Family Court of the Supreme Court in London.
Princess Haya, who is married to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, appeared in the case, following weeks of media speculation about her whereabouts.
The judge allowed the media to report a brief description of the case. Reuters said a forced marriage protection order related to one of the couple's two children. In addition, the king asked that all children be treated in court wards, the PA reported. He also asked for a non-fraudulent order.
Under English law, a compulsory marriage order is intended to protect a person from a marriage against their will, or to assist someone who is already in a compulsory marriage, for example by preventing that person from sending abroad.
In the case of children who become court wards, major decisions about their welfare cannot be made without the consent of the judge.
Sheikh Mohammed opposes the application and has asked the court to order the return of his children to Dubai, where he lives. He was not in court, and his representatives rejected CNN's request for comment.

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