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Father in Yemen Asks for 1M Facebook Likes as Dowry

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A future bride’s father in Yemen has demanded 1 million Facebook likes for dowry in place of standard money or gold.

The power of social media just took an interesting turn. A father in Yemen has demanded 1 million Facebook likes for his daughter’s dowry in place of the usual money or gold.

The dad’s decision is based on the fact that local residents are having trouble paying dowries these days due to the economy and overall turmoil in the country. That leaves many people searching for affordable solutions such as mass marriage ceremonies while others decide not to wed at all.

In dad’s mind, the digital dowry is a compromise, allowing his daughter to get married and also prove his future son-in-law is worthy of his child’s love. He has not set a deadline by when the groom will have to acquire the astounding amount of likes.

The father stated “No-one in Yemen can afford dowries anymore. …He can take a month, a year, or even two years to collect the requested number of likes. If I see that he's worked hard, I'm willing to be flexible to see them happily married.”

Locals are conflicted about the unique dowry demand. On the dad’s Facebook page, user comments show some believe he is trying to catapult his daughter to fame using social media, while others appreciate the tradition breaking and accommodating request.