Thai provincial office prohibits divorce on Valentine's Day

Other News Materials 14 February 2008 06:39 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - Thai couples had to postpone their divorce plans on Thursday, Valentine's Day, in the district of Roi Et city, north-eastern Thailand, where a local authority decided to turn the "love festival" into a family-values day.

"Our district chief has issued a policy not to recognize any divorce paper signing during the festival of love," Roi Et district assistant chief Suthep Pimpirat told The Nation newspaper.

"If a married couple show up for a divorce, we will recommend they go back home and talk to clear up any misunderstanding. That may rekindle their love," he added.

Elsewhere in the Buddhist kingdom, police were placed on full alert to keep a close eye on teenagers who might take advantage of Valentine's Day to consummate their love affairs.

Police have threatened to enforce fines and three-month jail terms on owners of "love motels" who allow minors to use their venues on the "festival of love."