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Woman divorces husband for 'being too short'

David Kearns

Published 02/10/2015 | 17:17

Recently a Saudi man divorce his wife after she drove the family car
Recently a Saudi man divorce his wife after she drove the family car

A Saudi Arabian woman has reportedly filed for divorce because her husband is too short.

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The woman, in her 20s, told the endowment department in Al Qatif in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province that she wanted to be separated from her husband of seven months, saying that she could “no longer withstand the mockery and shocked looks of her friends” because he was too short for her.

She added she is “painfully uneasy” with, and caused distress by, attitudes towards the union from strangers in public, Saudi daily Okaz reports.

Shaikh Mohammad Al Jirani, the head of the endowments department, said the case was among the most peculiar they had received.

News of the woman’s bold move has received a mixed response on social media, with many blaming the young women for accepting the union to begin with.

Others defended her right to divorce the man, saying his height was not an issue which could be overcome with mere patience.

In May, a Saudi Arabian man reportedly divorced his wife after she sent him a video which showed her driving the family car.

The man filed for divorce, reportedly telling a judge that his wife had not only broken the law, but also social traditions and norms

Saudi women are subjected to a de facto ban on driving in the kingdom as they are not allowed to apply for licences.

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