Matrimonial 'mare: Saudi exes marry in next-door wedding venues
Two awkward wedding parties! A Saudi woman demanded to be re-married in a venue next to where her ex-husband is to marry one of her relatives. (Angry bride/cellistka/Shutterstock)
A Saudi divorcee will marry again at the same time as her ex-husband and at a venue adjacent to the one where he is hosting his reception.
According to a report in local Arabic daily Al Jazeera, the woman, in her 30s, had refused to take a new husband after her divorce despite a proposal from a man who had requested to marry her before her unfortunate marriage.
She attributed her refusal to take a new man in her life to the hope that her ex-husband might change his mind and re-marry her.
But she was shocked to learn that her former husband was about to marry one of her relatives.
Following a flurry of inquiries, she confirmed the news.
Facing the new facts, the woman told the man madly in love with her that she was willing to marry him, but demanded that the marriage ceremony be held on the same evening as the wedding reception of her former husband and in the same area.
Most readers’ comments condemned the woman for her “revenge-driven” attitudes rather than “positive, forward-looking mindset”.
“There is no love here,” one comment read. “It is all about exacting revenge and challenging the former husband. The new husband seems to have no place in her heart.”
Adwani, a blogger, attributed the woman’s attitude to the strong effect of Turkish drama on Arab viewers.
“Obviously this woman has been deeply influenced by the dramatic events unfolding on her television station,” he posted. “She wanted to live one of them.”
However, some comments praised the woman for her “courage.”
“I admire this type of woman,” Al Faleh posted. “She has a strong character and may God guide her always. I admire women who do not give up their rights and who know how to handle a situation when they are unfairly treated. I am sure she had suffered at the hands of her former husband.”
Ali said that he failed to understand the woman’s feelings.
“I wonder whether it is strong love for her former husband that is driving her to be physically close to him even though they are taking new spouses,” the blogger posted. “Or is it a strong sense of revenge by a woman who felt she had been unfairly hurt? The story simply cannot end here.”
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