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Judges warn women about marrying foreigners

THE pitfalls of local women marrying foreigners were highlighted by judges at a district court yesterday.

They revealed details of two divorce cases with a warning to local women to be cautious before contemplating marriage with foreign men.

The first concerned a woman surnamed Wang who met a Saudi Arabian man a few years ago after she had become attracted to him because of his full beard. They got married in 2005 but when he wanted children Wang, who had been married previously and had a son, refused.

The husband returned to his country to visit his family in 2006 and later told Wang he had another wife and a new baby.

Wang had to accept the fact because she knew it was legal to have more than one wife in Arabian countries.

But when he returned to visit Wang in 2007, he often called his second wife and there were constant quarrels. The man then went back to Saudi Arabia and stopped sending her money.

Wang filed for divorce.

In the second case, a woman surnamed Han, who already had a boyfriend, fell in love with a South Korean man because she was a fan of South Korean TV serials. She soon found herself pregnant and married the South Korean in February 2008.

But Han became unsatisfied with her husband's male chauvinism and argued with him about how to care for their son. She asked for a divorce last year. But her husband refused and went back to South Korea.

The woman had to file a lawsuit but now faces a long wait as international divorces can take some time to resolve, the judges said.


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