In an incident that has been dubbed the shortest wedding ever, a woman demanded the judge to annul her wedding barely three minutes after it occurred because she was ridiculed by her new husband.
In the history of short-lived marriages, this moment will forever be immortalized as the day a woman gave her marriage the benefit of all of three minutes before deciding she would never be able to live with her newly acquired husband, let alone start a family with him.
After realizing that she had just tied the knot with someone who wouldn't treat her right, the woman decided to end things right in the courthouse, heading back to the judge to request an annulment, the Daily Mail reported.
According to Q8 News, a local news channel in Kuwait, the marriage is believed to have been the shortest ever union in the country, and it ended almost immediately after the ceremony was over, after the bride tripped while heading out. She became livid after her husband reportedly insulted her for her clumsiness, and she went back inside and requested that the judge annul their marriage.
The husband reportedly infuriated her by calling her "stupid," prompting her to seek a divorce. It took all of three minutes for what should have been a happy moment to turn bitter. Users on social media expressed support for the woman, lauding her bravery for standing up for herself. A user on Twitter wrote, "She was smart enough to realize that respect is the most important rule in marriage and dumped his a** on the spot."
Another Twitter user wrote, "She avoided a life of suffering with that dumba**. Bravo." A lot of people applauded her quick thinking at walking away from something that could have potentially turned toxic, leaving comments like "Well done Lady," and "You go girl, smart woman!" Another user joked, "That’s two minutes longer than I would last."
Interestingly, divorce is alarmingly common in Kuwait, with the country registering a divorce rate of nearly 60 percent in the past few years. In fact, the Arab Times reported that the number of marriages had gone down, while the number of divorces continued to rise. In the first quarter of 2017, the number of marriages registered was 2,001, while the number of divorce cases registered was a shocking 1,193.
A study conducted by the Ministry of Justice in Kuwait discovered that many of these marriages were "interest-driven" marriages, with young couples registering weddings for the sake of the various benefits and loans available to married couples. Once they achieved their objective, they were willing to divorce each other, and they even had the support of their parents and guardians.
Lawyers revealed that Kuwaiti law also seemed to incentivize divorce, especially for women. "As per the law, a female divorcee gets a salary, a house, a car, and a housemaid, and she is freed from all marriage commitments," they said. However, there were many other reasons listed in the study for why the divorce rate was increasing, including an inability to cope with marriage commitments and responsibilities, incompatibility, and interference from the families.