12 February 2010

Not A Valentine's Day Story

BBC: Dubai court annuls marriage to 'bearded lady'

An Arab country's ambassador to Dubai has had his marriage contract annulled after discovering the bride was cross-eyed and had facial hair.

The woman had worn an Islamic veil, known as the niqab, on the few occasions the couple had met.

The envoy, who has not been identified, told a Sharia court her mother had tricked him by showing him pictures of the bride's sister, Gulf News reported.

He only discovered the deception when he lifted the woman's veil to kiss her.

I don't know what is worse: a society with arranged marriages that has a man marry a woman that he has never seen, or that his jilted bride is probably now a social outcast.

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