There has been an alarming increase in the rate of divorces in the Saudi Kingdom over trivial reasons.
In one of the many cases, a Saudi man recently divorced his wife for walking ahead of him despite of his repeated warnings to keep a step behind him, The Gulf News quoted the Saudi daily Al Watan as saying.
In another case, a Saudi man divorced his wife for not presenting sheep head, the most important part of the dish, on the main dish presented by her husband as he hosted his friends for dinner, the report said.
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, the woman said.
There have been several other cases of divorce for trivial reasons including the one in which the husband divorced his wife for wearing foot bangles on their honeymoon after he told her not to, a wife not heeding her husband’s warning not to visit her family without his permission and a wife speaking with a tone that did not please her husband.
Humood Al Shimmari, an official who conducts marriages, said that there has been a spurt in divorce cases in the last two years.
He said that while there are many reasons including evolving views towards traditions and social norms, modern technology was 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 programmes that will protect future spouses from family problems”.
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