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Saudi Man Divorces Wife Over Snapchat Post

| by Jordan Smith

A man in Saudi Arabia divorced his wife two hours after their wedding because she posted photos of the ceremony to her friends via Snapchat.

The incident occurred in the city of Jeddah, according to the Daily Mail.

“There was a prenuptial agreement between my sister and her fiance that she would not use social-media applications such as Snapchat, Instagram or Twitter to post or send her pictures,” the bride’s brother said, according to the Mail.

The decision caused a dispute between the families of the bride and groom. The groom’s family said he was fully within his rights to leave the marriage, while the bride’s relatives argued the man’s decision was unfair.

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“It was included in the marriage contract and became binding. Regretfully, my sister did not [honor] the pledge and used Snapchat to share pictures from the wedding ceremony with her female friends, resulting in the shocking decision by the groom to cancel their marriage and call for divorce,” the woman’s brother added.

The Middle Eastern country has recently seen a sharp increase in divorce rates. According to a Saudi Ministry of Justice report, the rate rose by 50 percent in the city of Jeddah over the past year.

Across Saudi Arabia, there is an average of 127 divorces per day, according to The Jerusalem Post.

“I think there are many divorces because arranged marriages are so widespread and they have a great probability to fail,” said Daad Alhakim, according to the Post. “Also, this generation is irresponsible and does not respect the sacredness of the relationship of marriage.”

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Others believe the increase might not be such a bad thing, since it could be explained by a growing willingness of women to speak out if they are abused.

“The society and laws of Saudi Arabia prevent any kind of interaction between males and females before marriage, so usually people who get married don’t know much about each other,” said a lawyer in Saudi Arabia who asked to have her name withheld.

In 2015, there were approximately 133,000 marriages and 40,000 divorces in the country. This divorce rate of around 30 percent is lower than the rate of all marriages in the United States which end in separation, which is roughly 50 percent.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Jerusalem Post / Photo credit: Petar Milosevic/Wikimedia Commons

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