A Saudi man divorced his bride shortly after they tied the knot because she was too busy texting her friends to have sex.
"Following the marriage ceremony, the groom took his bride to the hotel where they had booked a room," a relative said, according to Gulf News. "However, as soon as the bride was in the room, she kept using her mobile. Her groom tried to get closer with her and become more intimate, but he was shocked when she ignored him, not responding to his words and action."
The relative continued: “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 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 Saudi Arabia, a man is allowed to legally divorce a woman “in his heart” and then go take care of the paperwork in his spare time, according to the Saudi Woman blog. But women who wish to initiate a divorce must go through an arduous process and prove she has been mistreated by her husband.
A Saudi legal expert said that there's a growing number of divorces among newlyweds in Saudi Arabia, reaching an alarming 50 percent.
“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 said, according to Gulf News. “Marriages are bound to fail when there are no robust foundations or trust.”