Foreign couple owned by locals at marriage renewal ceremony in the Maldives

Friday, October 29, 2010

A helpless unidentified Western couple were mocked by locals when they decided they wanted to get their marriage vows renewed at the Vilu Reef resort in the Maldives. After the video of their 'ceremony' got some attention on Youtube, police took matters in their hands and are now investigating it.
The amateur film of the ceremony, posted on the video sharing website Youtube a few days ago, shows the couple sitting in a makeshift shelter on the beach, surrounded by local people.

The bride is wearing a white dress and carrying a bouquet, while incense, official looking documents and wedding rings lie on the table in front of them.

"Your marriage is not a valid one. You are not the kind of people who can have a valid marriage. One of you is an infidel. The other, too, is an infidel - and we have reason to believe - an atheist, who does not even believe in an infidel religion," the Minivan newspaper quotes him as saying.

"You fornicate and make a lot of children. You drink and you eat pork. Most of the children that you have are marked with spots and blemishes. These children that you have are bastards."

The camera focuses on the paperwork in front of him, which local media say was not a marriage document but employment contracts - he then begins to read from these.

The celebrant also makes references to bestiality, sexual diseases and "frequent fornication by homosexuals".
BBC News
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