A man in India reportedly divorced his wife for cooking him instant noodles for his breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Judge ML Raghunath referred to it as the “Maggi case” after a popular brand of instant ramen, Insider reports.
- Raghunath discussed the case during a May 27 press conference. The conference was held at a court in Malavadi, Vijayanagar in Mysuru in the southwestern region of the country, according to The New Indian Express. During the conference, Raghunath revealed he was a district judge in Ballari when the “Maggi case” happened. He did not identify the names of the people involved in the alleged case.
- So what exactly happened? It’s exactly as it sounds. According to Judge Raghunath, the man would buy packets of Maggi instant noodles and serve them to her husband for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every single day throughout their marriage. This eventually led to their divorce.
- Both parties agreed to the divorce. According to the judge, the wife wasn’t blindsided by the divorce – she agreed. India’s Special Marriage Act, 1954, sets out requirements for divorce by mutual consent that require the couple to live separately for a year before agreeing to dissolve the marriage.
- Divorce rates are relatively low in India but are on the rise. According to a 2018 study by the International Journal of Management, Technology, and Social Sciences, India’s divorce rate hovered around 11% compared to 50% in America. However, India’s number is on the rise. “Divorce cases are increasing drastically over the years,” Raghunath said. “Couples have to stay together for at least a year before seeking divorce. If there was no such law, there would be divorce petitions filed directly from wedding halls.”