The Straits Times
Published on Dec 04, 2012

Indonesians protest official's 4-day teen marriage


GARUT, Indonesia - Hundreds of Indonesians rallied on Tuesday to demand a district chief's resignation after revelations of his text message divorce to a teenage girl four days after their marriage sparked public outrage.

Aceng Fikri, chief of Garut District in West Java province, took 17-year-old Fani Oktora as his second wife in July. But Fikri, 40, quickly divorced her via a short text message, alleging Oktora was not a virgin when they married as he had expected.

He said he spent about US$26,000 (S$ 32,000) on the wedding.

Students and rights activists in Garut spit and trampled on pictures of Fikri on Tuesday before burning them outside the local council building.