Saudi-owned satellite TV broadcaster Al-Arabiya is reporting a surge in divorces in the Kingdom. Recently, the divorces seem to be coming in the first year of marriage and are being linked to domestic violence, whether physical or psychological. I think the way Saudi society insists on sexual segregation plays an important role in this as it does nothing to prepare couples to living with each other. Saudi men and women come into marriage with expectations—often unstated—and when reality fails to comport with those expectations, both violence and divorce result.
A surge in divorce rate in Saud Arabia has raised concerns over the role of domestic violence and prompted debate on means to reign in the social problem seen to have damaging effects on families and society.
The number of registered cases of divorces in 2010 reached 18,765, which is one case every 30 minutes, and most divorces took place within the first year of marriage, the Saudi daily newspaper al-Hayat reported Sunday.
On the other hand, the number of marriages in the 2010 reached 90,983, that is five marriages every 30 minutes.