A Swiss couple who thought they were renewing their vows in a tropical ceremony were actually the subject of vicious verbal attacks by the officiator, reports the AP.
In a video taken of the ceremony, the officiator chants in the local language, Dhivehi, in what would appear to be prayer. In reality, the resort employee is calling the couple "swine" and infidels, reports the Guardian. The paper quotes the man as saying:
The children that you bear from this marriage will all be bastard swine. 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 BBC also reports that the tirade made frequent references to homosexuality and bestiality, and that after the ceremony, "various comments are made about the bride's breasts." Video below.
The video was uploaded to YouTube, and has since gone viral, complete with subtitles. The marriage mayhem not only ruined the couple's Maldivian memories; two employees of the resort have been arrested, says the BBC, and President Mohammed Nasheed condemned the hoax in his weekly radio address, saying:
Bad behaviour, such as that depicted in the YouTube video, can cause enormous damage to the country's tourism industry.
Foreign Minister Ahmed Shaheed has also issued an apology and asked to meet with the couple, according to the AP. The archipelago is a common wedding destination.
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