REPORT: Saudis divorcing for trivial reasons


Saudi men are filing for divorce from their wives over such trivial issues that it’s becoming a noticeable problem in the majority Muslim nation. For instance, one Saudi man recently divorced his wife for walking ahead of him despite repeated warnings, a media report said on Monday.

The man, who was not identified, warned his wife many times to keep a step behind him, but she kept walking ahead of him, after which he divorced her, The Gulf News quoted the Saudi daily Al Watan as reporting.

In another case, a Saudi man divorced his wife after she forgot to put the sheep head — “the most important part of the dinner” — on the main dish presented by her husband as he hosted his friends for dinner, the report said. The woman said that after the guests left, her angry husband accused her of embarrassing him by forgetting to present the most important part of the dinner to his guests.

Another husband divorced his wife during their honeymoon for wearing foot bangles, which he apparently didn’t appreciate.

According to Humood Al Shimmari, a Saudi official who conducts marriages, divorce cases in the kingdom have been on the rise in the past two years. Like the aforementioned examples, the divorces are often requested over silly squabbles, illuminating the need for more marriage counseling so couples can learn how to better handle disputes.

Al Shimmari said that while there are many reasons cited for divorce, including evolving views towards traditions and social norms, modern technology has been pinpointed as the key culprit.

Lateefa Hamid, a social consultant in Saudi Arabia, said, “Families should educate their young men and women and encourage them to engage in psychological, social and religious awareness and education programs that will protect future spouses from family problems.”

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