Not in my house...

Wife in di­vorce bid over spouse’s med­wakh habit

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu is­

He is not will­ing to stop. I am afraid it will dam­age my health and the health of my baby – The wife re­quest­ing a di­vorce

A new­ly­wed is seek­ing a di­vorce from her hus­band af­ter dis­cov­er­ing he is a ha­bit­ual med­wakh smoker.

The preg­nant Emi­rati wife said she fears for her health and that of her un­born child caused by their con­stant ex­po­sure to harm­ful smoke.

She filed the case at Al Ain’s fam­ily court just three months af­ter her wed­ding and ex­plained that she did not know about her hus­band-to-be’s smok­ing un­til af­ter they mar­ried.

The prac­tice of smok­ing med­wakh, a long and slen­der pipe, filled with dokha, the pow­dery to­bacco, was tra­di­tion­ally been pop­u­lar with fish­er­men and Be­douins but has now grown in use among young UAE res­i­dents.

She told the court that her hus­band ig­nores her when she asks him to re­frain from smok­ing. “I want a di­vorce,” said the wife. “My hus­band smokes a lot med­wakh and he is not will­ing to stop the habit.

“I am afraid it will en­dan­ger my health and that of my baby.”

The judge re­ferred the case to the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and guid­ance de­part­ment at the court in Al Ain.

Coun­cil­lors there seek to re­solve mar­riage dis­putes to see if a di­vorce can be ulti- mately avoided Fa­tima Naeem, a psy­chi­a­trist and con­sul­tant on fam­ily and mar­i­tal re­la­tions, said the courts see many cases where young new­lyeds seek a di­vorce within a short pe­riod of time since they tied the knot.

She also sug­gested be­ing preg­nant may make cer­tain smells more un­bear­able than they usu­ally would be.

Naeem said: “It would be good if the cou­ple set­tles this is­sue am­i­ca­bly, in­clud­ing find­ing a so­lu­tion on how the man can quit smok­ing in­stead of them sep­a­rat­ing.”

AD­DIC­TIVE: The smok­ing of the Ara­bic to­bacco dohka, with a med­wakh pipe is pop­u­lar among young peo­ple

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