Egyptian wife seeks divorce after 2 weeks because husband does all the chores


A 28 year-old woman in Egypt has applied for divorce just two weeks into her marriage because her husband does all the household chores.

She was already bored of him she complained to family court judges in Al-Qāhirah Al-Jadida (New Cairo), a recently developed town 20 miles south-east of the Egyptian capital.

“He cooks, cleans, sweeps and does the laundry.”

Her 31 year-old husband, who runs a clothing store, did not give her “the freedom to handle my home affairs, I feel like a guest in a hotel.”

The wife continued:

“He is the ‘woman of the house’ and I’m hating my life with him. We’ve been only married for two weeks, and he is either cooking or doing the laundry because he knows how to sort the washable clothes by color. He then irons the clothes, sweeps, and arranges the food in the fridge.”

She had also grown to hate his habit of regularly moving furniture around the house, Egyptian news site Masrawy reports.

“I sit down watching him all day while he moves stuff around looking very happy.”

Her husband’s clothes shop was doing well, and his staff allowed him to spend time at home she explained.

She has applied for a khula, a legal procedure which allows Muslim women to divorce their husbands by returning their mahr – a mandatory payment to wives made by Muslim husbands or their families when they get married.

The case continues.

Photo of New Cairo by Faris Knight via Wikipedia under a Creative Commons licence

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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