An Indonesian public official is not LOLing much in the aftermath of his foray into the world of Divorce 2.0.
Aceng Fikri, 40, a district chief in West Java, married Fani Oktora, 17, in a ceremony that Fikri later said cost him $26,000. That wasn’t his problem.
No, Fikri’s problem was that he claimed his new bride wasn’t a virgin, and divorced her four days later in a manner that has now earned him a place in Divorce Magazine’s coveted “World Divorce News” section: he texted her.
Apparently, Fikri was invoking an Islamic ritual, subscribed to by some Muslims, in which a man may divorce his wife by informing her.
Since then, activists and students have unleashed a torrent of scorn on the embattled public official, including spitting and burning his picture outside the local council building. They want him turfed, as does the local council.
However, it’s now up to the Supreme Court to decide Firki’s vocational fate — a process that could take weeks.
What’s more, it looks as though instead of sending out a “My Bad” text to diffuse the situation, Fikri and his legal team are going ALL CAPS ON OKTORA, accusing her of breaching an agreement in which she promised not to complain about their marriage.
And speaking of their marriage: it’s unclear whether Fikri’s text will be sufficient grounds for divorce.
If not, then it’s not quite sure if there’s an emoticon in existence to capture what will happen next.