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Man demands new iPhone in exchange for allowing his sister to get married

By Mason White 10:59 AM September 17, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
A man of Saudi Arabia, asked for a new iPhone in exchange for allowing his sister to marry.

He asked the man who proposed to his sister, to come up with an iPhone 6 as a dowry.

“The future groom should present the latest iPhone as soon as it is available in the market for the marriage to go ahead,” the parties wrote in a contract.

In addition to the smartphone, the parents of the woman also asked for cash in exchange for allowing the marriage to move forward.

Gifts for marriage are a long tradition in the Arab world, and despite calls from religious scholars to ensure that gifts should be kept simple, some families still insist on exorbitant amounts of money in exchange of allowing their daughters to marry.

“We need to promote a culture where marriage should not be used by anyone to get gifts or benefits in any way. Marriage should only be about love,” a man who is fed up with the dowry system said.