Saudi hus­band divorces wife at wed­ding

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL - By Matthew Blake for Mail On­line

ASaudi groom has di­vorced his bride on their wed­ding night after see­ing her face for the first time when the pho­tog­ra­pher asked them to pose for pic­tures.

The cou­ple, from the Western Saudi town of Me­d­i­nah, had agreed to marry each other de­spite hav­ing not met face to face - a popular cus­tom in cer­tain Mid­dle East­ern coun­tries.

But when the bride re­moved her veil and smiled for the cam­era, her new hus­band leapt to his feet in dis­gust.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal daily Okaz, the bride im­me­di­ately col­lapsed in a fit of tears as pan­icked wed­ding guests stepped in to try to re­solve the dis­pute. But their ef­forts were to no avail.

‘The groom said he had not been able to see his bride’s face be­fore mar­riage,’ Okaz re­ported. ‘When he di­vorced her, the bride col­lapsed and the wed­ding turned into a night of tears.’

News of the jilt­ing was met with anger on so­cial me­dia.

Afra wrote on one so­cial me­dia net­work: ‘He caused her great pain through his ir­re­spon­si­ble at­ti­tude, and he de­serves to suf­fer.

‘He should ap­pre­ci­ate that beauty is in the character, not the face.

‘Un­for­tu­nately, many young peo­ple to­day are in­ter­ested only in looks and ig­nore val­ues and morals.

‘May God give her a bet­ter hus­band who will ap­pre­ci­ate her for who and what she is.’

Abu Nass added: ‘He is not man enough to as­sume his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. He is to­tally, com­pletely in­sen­si­tive.

‘No­body has forced him to marry her. He should have in­sisted on see­ing her be­fore the wed­ding and the en­gage­ment, and not wait un­til the wed­ding night.

‘May he al­ways be a loser and may he be de­prived of get­ting mar­ried at all. He is not a man and he lacks ba­sic feel­ings.’


A Saudi hus­band has di­vorced his wife after she failed to re­ply to a text mes­sage. The man, who mar­ried two years ago, sent the mes­sage from his of­fice and waited for a re­sponse from his wife. But none came.

Think­ing some­thing must be wrong, re­ported Emi­rates 24/7, he rushed home to find her watch­ing tele­vi­sion. When he asked her why she had not re­sponded, she said she had been busy chat­ting with friends on What­sApp and wanted to re­ply later. He di­vorced her in­stantly, the re­port added.

‘I sent her mes­sages on What­sApp and knew she had read them be­cause of the lat­est up­date on the ap­pli­ca­tion but still she didn’t an­swer me or ac­knowl­edge my mes­sages,’ he was quoted as say­ing by the Gulf News.

The hus­band, in his 30s, said he was frus­trated by his wife’s seem­ingly end­less in­ter­est in us­ing her phone for chat­ting with friends and fam­ily.

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