Saudi Husband Tells Bride He Wants a Divorce On Their Wedding Night After Seeing Her Face For the First Time When the Photographer Asked Them to Pose For Pictures

by Cassy Fiano | November 18, 2014 2:55 pm

Women get the short end of the stick in Islamic countries, that much is undeniable. One woman was divorced at her own wedding[1] just because her groom didn’t like the way she looked.

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A Saudi 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.

‘You are not the girl I want to marry,’ he declared. ‘You are not the one I had imagined. I am sorry, but I divorce you.’

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.’

It is extremely difficult for a woman to divorce her husband under Islamic law, but all a husband need do is say “I divorce you” three times, for whatever reason he chooses. It’s a complete injustice that can ruin a woman’s life, but in the misogynistic world of Islam, that’s hardly a surprise.

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