Divorce Rate in India Increasing
This is an unusual trend in a country where the divorce rate was just 1 in 1,000 ten years ago, and is still a relatively low 13 per 1,000 – as compared to the US average of 500 per 1,000. While India has no central or even state-wise registry of divorce data, family court officials say the number of divorce applications has doubled and even tripled in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Lucknow over the past few years.
The waning influence of the family and joint family; the growing psychological and financial independence of women; late marriages resulting in a greater reluctance to compromise or change set ways and lifestyles.
Here are some facts about the increasing divorce rate in India:
1,667 cases of divorce were filed in Mumbai in 2014(till November 30, up from 5245 cases in 2010
8347 Divorce cases were filed in Kolkata in 2014(till November 30), a 350% increase from the 2,388 divorce cases in 2003
About 2000 Divorce Cases were filed in the Lucknow family court in 2014. Of these about 900 were filed by young couples married less than a year. In 2009, the number of the cases filed by young couples married less than a year was 300.
3 more family courts were opened in Bengaluru in 2013, to cater to demand to the total number increasing to six. There are 8,600 cases pending in the courts and 500 new cases are added every year.