A newly-wed Saudi man divorced his wife when his mother threatened to disown him after seeing her son’s new bride kissing a newborn baby camel, suggesting the move violated social and religious rules.
According to Afghanistan-based news service Khamaa Press, the incident took place at the home of the unnamed husband’s family’s home located just west of Saudi Arabia’s capital city Riyadh.
The man reportedly “said he could not disobey his mother, who swore that she would disown him if he does not divorce his wife.”
In Saudi Arabia, as in many Arabic countries that practice Sharia law, a man can orally divorce his wife by employing what is known as the “triple talaq” and saying “I divorce you” thrice.
The young man reportedlyreturned his now-ex wife’s clothing to her family the day after the incident took place. She apologized to him, explaining she had not done anything wrong “and only kissed the camel to express her delight at the camel’s birth.” The husband reportedly decided to take her back home, where he was pressured to kick her out again.
This time, however, he refused to divorce her again and the loving couple are living in the wife’s home with her family. “I love my husband and want to be with him forever,” his wife reportedly said. “But I am not ready to live with his mother again.”
Last November, Saudi Arabia’s “religious police” (Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice) outlawed “tempting eyes” from women. “Tempting eyes” are reportedly described as “uncovered eyes with a nice shape and makeup. Or even without makeup, if they are beautiful, the woman will be in trouble.”