Man in Saudi Arabia divorces wife over WhatsApp message
The husband claimed his wife had typed, “I pray to be patient enough to put up with you”, followed by his initials
A man in Saudi Arabia divorced his wife because of her WhatsApp status, pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat reported.
The husband claimed his wife had typed, “I pray to be patient enough to put up with you”, followed by his initials.
“I called one of my relatives to check whether she was addressing me. My relative confirmed this and I was so embarrassed that my friends’ wives and relatives could see that I was being portrayed in such a light.
“I don’t even know what she meant by it.”
He added his marriage was already suffering and claimed her act was “inappropriate”.
“It wasn’t the first time she has tarnished my reputation on social media.
“She had once written a poem on me and I told her it was very obvious what she was trying to say. Changing a poem into a prayer makes no difference.
“We were already miles apart in our relationship so I decided to divorce her before she retells my entire life story on social media.”
Khalid Al-Halibi, deputy director of the family development center at the Eastern Province branch of Al-Bir Society, which primarily works with orphans, said: "Social media is the number one cause of divorce nowadays. Any couple that publicly insults one another is already in a developed stage of conflict.
“What the wife did in this case was simply a mental release and she did not pay much heed to how much she was insulting her husband. The husband should have had a conversation with the wife to understand her motives.”
He also criticized the lack of recent research on the causes of divorce in Saudi society.
Lawyer Abdulmunim Al-Subaie said the Ministry of Justice’s statistics revealed divorce rates are at a peak.
He said: “It is hard to determine the causes of divorce because each case is different.
“However, the most common cause is life challenges or because one half of the couple is not fulfilling their duties and responsibilities.”
He added lately the top cause of divorce is social media.
“We usually give the couple a period to rethink their choice to divorce before they make a final decision. All in all, the current generation of married couples does not know how to use social media in the right way.”
Saudi women abandoned by husbands denied Social Affairs servicesA woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was abandoned by her husband without any official divorce papers Features
Egyptian wife divorces husband over demands to look like Kim KardashianHer husband requested her to become a living example of Kardashian and to change her personality Variety
Mauritanian women and spread of divorceMauritanian women are experiencing a real crisis in light of the spread of divorce in the country. The figures indicate that there is a high ... Special Mission
Morocco teen forced to marry ‘rapist’ attacked over divorceThe 17-year-old girl was reportedly attacked with a razor blade and disfigured Africa
Jeddah family court receives 15 new divorce cases each dayA number of Saudi sociologists attributed the rising rate of divorces in the Kingdom to numerous reasons, including the rising costs of living Middle East
In Iran, lavish divorce parties on the riseThe rise of divorce rates in Iran is linked to the improvement of women’s status Features
Dubai court grants man right to divorce ‘djinn-possessed’ wifeAn Arab man filed for divorce after his ‘possessed’ wife repeatedly declined to have sex with him Variety