Original URL: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/10/bearded_lady/
Arab conned into marrying bearded lady
Gets a nasty shock when missus lifts the veil
A Dubai man whose fiancée kept her charms hidden under a niqab opted for a quick divorce after his first glimpse beneath the veil revealed she was cross-eyed and sported a beard.
According to Gulf News, the unnamed "ambassador" never saw his intended's face on the few times they met, but was convinced all was well since the bride's mother had shown his mum pictures of his wife-to-be.
In fact, the snaps were of the bride's sister, and when the marriage contract was signed and the groom asked his new wife for a kiss, the terrible truth was revealed. The man immediately cancelled the wedding bash and filed a suit alleging "he was tricked by his parents-in-law and incurred emotional and moral damage".
The subsequent Sharia court hearing annulled the marriage, but rejected the plaintiff's claim for 500,000 dirhams (£85k) which he said he'd spent on clothes, jewellery and gifts.
The court also referred the woman to a specialist when her temporary other half demanded she be examined for "hormonal deficiencies". The expert reported she didn't in fact have any such problem. ®