Divorces on the rise in India, shows court data

DIVORCE RATES are increasing in India, show court figures. And this societal trend is visible not only among the rich in big cities but also among the not so affluent in small towns. The Indian capital leads with the highest number of divorces in the country...

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Published: Tue 17 Jul 2007, 11:58 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 12:11 AM

divorcewith more than 8,000-9,000 cases every year, followed by Mumbai and Bangalore where the figures have doubled in the past decade, hovering between 4,000 and 5,000.

Kolkata and Chennai, the bastions of tradition, are also not far behind with a significant rise of 200 per cent in such cases, according to data compiled from various state courts and the Crime Records Bureau.

Punjab and Haryana, both agricultural states, have seen an increase of 150 per cent. Kerala, with the most literate people and the land of Gulf money, recorded an increase of 350 per cent in the last 10 years.

Earlier divorces were limited to the affluent upper class in cities. But in the last decade, more and more middle and lower-middle class couples have been coming out of their shells to escape the pains of a discordant family.

"A study of recent trends showed that such cases are significantly rising in small towns and semi-urban areas. Many young couples, particularly women, have been filing petitions for separation, which was unheard of in the 1970s," said Supreme Court Advocate K.K. Patel.

Sunil Mittal, a psychologist, believes that "the nuclear family structure, modern lifestyle and professional tensions may be behind the phenomenal increase in marital discord".

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