Monday, April 5, 2010

One weird arranged marriage in India

We talked about this on the show today, but here's a little recap.

Mirza is India's biggest tennis star. So her engagement to a Pakistani cricketer makes them basically the Tom and Gisele of the subcontinent. There's a small problem: he might have already legally married another woman — over the phone.

Try to follow along; this is complicated, but oh so juicy. Mirza and Shoaib Malik's engagement was announced last week, with a wedding to follow next week. But almost immediately, a woman named Ayesha Siddiqui came forward to say that she was married to Malik, and has been since 2002.

Here's what happened: Malik and Siddiqui were in, essentially, an arranged marriage, with the two never meeting each other until after their wedding day. How is that possible? Well, they had what's called a "telephone nikah" — they literally got married over the phone.

Malik, after days of denying everything, has changed his story. Now he says he was emotionally forced into the wedding, and he was never sent real photos of Siddiqui, but rather a younger, more attractive woman.

Now here is the choice facing Malik. Would he rather be married to her...

or her...
I think Malik need's to do whatever the heck he can to get out of this previous marriage. Perhaps take a page from Tiger Woods' playbook?

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