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One Million Likes for My Daughter's Hand: A Yemeni Father's Unusual Dowry Request

To promote how difficult it is to pay overly expensive dowrys, a Yemeni poet is asking for a million likes on Facebook instead

By: Daniel Koren
Published: December 18th, 2013 in News » World
A Facebook 'Like'

Coming up with a dowry may about to become a much less expensive endeavor in nations where it's still commonplace, albeit, much more difficult and time-consuming.

In a stunt to promote awareness of how expensive it is to pay a dowry - making it subsequently impossible for male suitors to get married - a poet from Taizz, Salim Ayyash has announced he is marrying off his daughter to a suitor, and it won't cost him a dime.

Ayash is seeking one million Facebook 'likes' instead.

“No one in Yemen can afford dowries anymore,” said Ayash, according to the BBC.

Ayash, like any other father in Yemen, is allowed to set a dowry for his daughter at whatever price he wishes. To outline how ridiculous that rule is Ayash has begun this campaign to change the law and set a maximum limit.

By earlier today, the Facebook page had garnered 30,000 likes.

Ayash reportedly is concerned only with the efforts of his son-in-law-to-be and would make a compromise in the event that he cannot come up with that many likes on Facebook. A goal like that can be tough to achieve.

“If I see that he’s worked hard, I’m willing to be flexible to see them happily married,” he added.

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