'Outraged' Indonesians demand lawmaker's resignation over 'text message divorce'

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 05, 2012 07:40 hrs

Hundreds of Indonesians have launched a protest to demand a lawmaker's resignation following his text message divorce to a teenage girl four days after their marriage.

Aceng Fikri, 40, chief of West Java district in Garut, took Fani Oktora, 17, as his second wife in July.

But he divorced her via a short SMS, alleging Oktora was not a virgin when they married as he had expected, News.com.au reports.

According to the report, students and rights activists in Garut spit and trampled on pictures of Fikri before burning them outside the local council building.

Some Muslims believe in an Islamic ritual allowing men to end a marriage by telling their wives they divorce them, the report said.

However, divorce by text message is uncommon. (ANI)

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