Anubhav Parsheera, September 6, 2015
Tinder, the popular dating application and one of the more trusted platforms for men who wish to be rejected by women in a discreet and relatively less humiliating manner, finds itself in the midst of controversy in India.
A resident of New Delhi’s Karol Bagh, who does not wish to be identified as Shailender Singh, has claimed that Tinder has caused him immense distress in the past few weeks.
“I had just returned from office that fateful night,” he described how it began. “Since it was already past 10 pm, I realized there was no point going out of the house for my evening stroll because there would be very few women outside.
“So I did what any self-respecting man would do: I opened Tinder and was stunned at what I found. I had got a match. I didn’t know how to react because I had no frame of reference in my life to put this into context.”
Male friends shocked
Not knowing how to react to the match, the man called up his male friends who said this sort of incident was unheard of and was an anomaly. After looking up the meaning of ‘anomaly’, he contacted Tinder, which claimed this might be a technical glitch and that they were willing to compensate Singh for the sudden and false increase in self-esteem it caused.
Singh has claimed that he was unaware that Tinder had this feature. He had assumed it was a handy tool designed for the busy modern man to look at women while staying at home. When asked if he was aware of the left swipe feature, he scratched his patchy beard and replied, “Hain?”
For now, Singh has decided to not take legal action and is recovering towards his original self-respect level of zero.