A Saudi man divorced his wife hours after they were married, because she was apparently too busy replying to congratulatory messages from friends to consummate the marriage.
The groom reportedly became enraged when the couple returned to their hotel after the wedding in Jeddah – but his wife refused to stop sending texts and come to bed.
A relative disclosed that following the marriage ceremony, the groom had taken his bride to the hotel where they had booked a room.
However, as soon as the bride was in the room, she “kept using her mobile”. Her groom reportedly tried to get closer with her and “become more intimate”, the relative told Gulf News, but was “shocked when she ignored him” and didn’t respond.
“When he asked her about the reasons, she answered she was busy communicating with her friends who were congratulating her on her marriage on the mobile,” the source said. “The groom asked her to delay the messages, but she refused and became angry.
“When he asked her if her friends were more important than he was, the bride answered that they were.”
In the heated argument that followed, the groom reportedly told his new wife he was divorcing her and left the hotel.
The relative said a divorce case had been filed and when the court referred the case to a reconciliation committee, the groom refused to forgive his wife and withdraw the case.
A Saudi legal expert who spoke to Al Watan warned of rapidly rising divorce rates among newly married couples, which have risen to almost 50%.
“Misunderstandings, differences in views and the easy approach to marriage without a deep appreciation of the responsibilities are among the major causes for divorce among young people,” Ahmad Al Maabi told the newspaper.
“Marriages are bound to fail when there are no robust foundations or trust.”