An Egyptian professor is demanding a divorce and damages of more than 50,000 after finding on his wedding night that his attractive young wife was bald.

The prof, from Cairo, said he had run his fingers through his wife's hair as she slept, and was horrified when the hair turned out to be a wig.

The professor has also lodged a complaint with police for deception after the incident, Cairo newspaper Al-Akhbar reported.

He said: "One of the things I liked about her was her beautiful long hair - I was horrified to find on our wedding night that it was a wig."

The woman had lost her hair after an illness at a young age and had worn a wig ever since.