An Indian man has been taken into police custody after a feud with a woman he met on Tinder.
The man, known as Rama Reddy, was jailed after a woman he dated – who goes by the pseudonym Meera – claimed he “used [her] as a source of physical pleasure”.
The pair’s relationship had lasted a month before Reddy “forced” Meera to sleep with him, she told the Bangalore Mirror.
After they had consummated the relationship, Meera proposed marriage – but Reddy told her he did not want any further contact – and subsequently blocked her mobile number.
She responded by filing a complaint to the police, who arrested Reddy.
“The accused has been taken into custody and will be produced before the court,” a representative from the local police station confirmed to the Indian publication.
It is known that in India a false promise of marriage following sex is considered rape. In 2016, there were 10,068 cases of rape by “known persons on promise to marry the victim”, according to government crime data in India, reports Business Insider.
While it is at present unclear whether this law is relevant in this particular case – essentially, if Reddy did promise Meera they would marry after they slept together – she claims in her account he “pretended to be nice and decent”.
Tinder has at present not responded to Yahoo UK’s request for comment.
In 2013, an Indian High Court ruled that couples who have premarital intercourse should be considered married.
If a bachelor aged 21 and over and an unmarried woman aged 18 years and older “indulge in sexual gratification”, they could be termed “husband and wife”, Madras Justice C.S. Karnan ruled.
Tinder and hook-up culture
Since its release in 2012, Tinder has become synonymous with casual dating culture in the Western world.
In one US survey, 51.5% of participants said they believed the app was for “hooking up”, while the app itself has been associated with fleeting sexual encounters in popular culture.
Of course, hook-ups aren’t the only outcome. Online dating has proved an increasingly effective way to meet new partners, with some research predicting that, by 2031, some 38% of us will meet our future partners through an online dating or matchmaking service.
In India, where Tinder was first introduced in 2016, the situation is more complicated.
“Today’s modern Indian girl wants to have a voice and a choice in setting the direction of her own life, while at the same time respecting Indian values,” Taru Kapoor, head of Tinder in India, told the Economic Times.
It’s not just India where Tinder dating can present problems.
In another incident, a woman’s Tinder match berated her “awful charity shop dress”.