A Saudi couple may have just set a new record for the world’s shortest marriage.
The couple, from the Saudi town of Medinah, was divorced before they even finished taking their wedding photos.
Like many couples in the Arab world, these failed lovers agreed to marry without ever seeing each other. On the day of their wedding, the bride walked down the aisle with a veiled face. So far, so good. But as soon as the bride pulled back her veil, things took an ugly turn (pun somewhat intended).
“You are not the girl I wanted to marry,” the man jumped up and yelled. “You are not the one I imagined. I am sorry, but I divorce you.”
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According to the Saudi daily paper, Okaz, the bride immediately burst into tears.
“The groom said he had not been able to see his bride's face before marriage,” Okaz reported. “When he divorced her, the bride collapsed and the wedding turned into a night of tears.”
News of the groom’s brazen move spread quickly on social media, where he was almost universally criticized.
“He is not man enough to assume his responsibilities,” user Abu Nass wrote. “He is totally, completely insensitive. Nobody has forced him to marry her. He should have insisted on seeing her before the wedding and the engagement, and not wait until the wedding night. May he always be a loser and may he be deprived of getting married at all. He is not a man and he lacks basic feelings.”