Kerala Emerged as Divorce Capital of India

Published on: 03 Apr, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News

3 April 2013

Two decades ago, the state had a very modest divorce rate. But now, with the state capital being ranked the divorce capital of the country, and Kerala having the highest divorce rate in the country, family courts are flooded with divorce petitions.Currently, there are more than 5000 divorce cases pending before the Thiruvananthapuram family court, says lawyer S.Jayachandran, who specialises in family cases for the last 15 years.

Though more women are aware of the protection awarded them under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005, many are still ignorant of it, says G. Rejitha, project coordinator at SAKHI. Extramarital relationships and alcoholism are cited as the major reasons for the rise in divorces.

Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation chairperson and former State Women’s Commission member P. Kulsu said most couples are not mature enough to handle the ups and downs of marriage. She says there were no counselling centres earlier, but now though there are many more counsellors and centres, it doesn’t seem to have helped.

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