Expensive weight-loss operation costs Saudi woman her marriage

Dubai: A man in Saudi Arabia has divorced his wife after she spent over USD 20,000 to undergo a weight-loss operation to surprise her husband with her slimmer look, a media report said on Friday.

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The "obese" Saudi teacher went under the knife to lose weight and shape up for the sake of her husband but ended up getting divorced. Representational / Getty images

The "obese" Saudi teacher, who lived with her husband in the Kingdom's capital Riyadh, went under the knife to lose weight and shape up for the sake of her husband but ended up getting divorced, Gulf News reported.

The husband often complained that his wife was overweight and wished she were slimmer. When he was transferred to a different city, the wife consulted a doctor and went under the knife, the report said.

When the husband returned, he was pleased with his wife's new appearance and shape.

However, after he learnt that she spent 80,000 riyals (21,331 dollars) for the weight-loss operation, he became upset as he wanted to use the money to buy a new home, Saudi news site
Sada reported.

The husband was so depressed that he preferred not to look at his wife and began sleeping alone and eventually made the decision to divorce her, the report said.

Social media was abuzz over the incident with netizens criticising the husband, saying that he had no right to end a marriage in which his wife was trying hard to please him.

They said that the money, even if it was needed, could be eventually replaced, but not the compassion of his wife.


Updated Date: May 27, 2016 21:46 PM

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