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Snoring, lack of romance blamed for Saudi Arabia divorce rates

Marriage contractor reveals what most women in Saudi Arabia complain about

  • By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 12:31 August 20, 2013
  • Gulf News

Manama: Up to 80 per cent of the divorce cases in Saudi Arabia are initiated by women, mostly within one year of marriage.

“The women start the procedures and insist on the divorce often for trivial issues,” a marriage contractor said, quoted by local daily Al Youm. “These are mainly snoring, the look of the husband inside the house and the lack of romance as a result of the influence of dramas and media on the impressionable minds of young wives,” he said.

The figures and causes for divorce were discussed at a meeting of religious figures tasked with drafting marriage contracts in Al Qateef in eastern Saudi Arabia.

Ways to address the rising figures of divorce rates in the kingdom included urging families to check the background of men who propose instead of relying on matchmakers.

Most marriages are arranged in Saudi Arabia where the mixing of the sexes is strictly controlled and limited, giving women matchmakers great opportunities to promote potential spouses.

“Parents have a highly significant role in ensuring that the men who want to marry their daughters have a good reputation and a satisfactory behaviour,” Judge Mohammad Al Jirani said, quoted by the daily.

Other suggestions included not rushing into making final decisions on the divorce until all ways for a reconciliation are exhausted and the spouses are given ample time to reconsider their options.

Divorce is permitted in Islam, but only as a last resort when it is no longer possible for the marriage to continue.

Comments (3)

  1. Added 11:48 August 21, 2013

    'After decades of women being forced into marriages' from a women point of view is so much disturbing ,as women rights were discussed and addressed from the time Islam came to humanity at a large . How will our Prophet(PBUH) react when he get to know all this.... bless and quidance to all our ulemas and mullas .

    Quazi Yusuf Elahi, New delhi, India

  2. Added 11:02 August 21, 2013

    Ladies in Saudia enjoying like princess. Now they want change?

    Anis Ahmad Fatehpuri, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 10:19 August 21, 2013

    After decades of women being forced into marriages they didnt fully agree to, or been put through domestic and physical abuse in the name of marriage; the society has finally allowed women to stop the cycle of abuse which transcends into the children and other members of the household. In the past, divorce was equivalent to the most heinous crime or a deplorable act. Women were scared to oblivion if they ever contemplated divorce. After extensive research and patience, women finally have the right to resort to divorce when the situation is beyond repair. Physical and psychological effects of abuse are difficult to overcome. A total departure from the abuser and abusive environment is required for a healthy recovery. Women werent allowed to break free before. That is why the divoce rate has gone up now. These women finally have the right to say enough ! healthier individual are more important for a better society and better person than an abused wife and household.

    farida, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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