Saudi woman seeks divorce from short husband
October 2, 2015 4 comments
A Saudi woman has filed for divorce on the grounds that her husband is too short.
The woman, aged just 20, told government officials in Al Qatif on the eastern coast of the Middle Eastern nation that she had become embarrassed by her husband of seven months, who was shorter than her. She claimed she and her new husband attracted mockery and shock when out in public and she felt ‘painfully uneasy’ and ‘distressingly uncomfortable’ when this occurred.
A government spokesman described the case as highly unusual.
The story caused a stir on social media, with many commentators suggesting that the young bride was insensitive and should not have agreed to marry her husband in the first place. A minority, by contrast, made supportive comments, pointing that the disparity in height would last a lifetime and said she had a right to separate if she wished.
The couple in question have not been named.
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October 2, 2015