The young couples are fast becoming upwardly mobile and rich in Indian cities. But economic prosperity is taking its toll on the marital status and marriages are falling apart. Over the years the number of divorce cases filed in the family courts have doubled. The main reasons are ego, stress to professional competition.Family counselors and lawyers say the trend may play havoc with the institution of marriage.
In cities like Gurugram over 25 matrimonial dispute cases are registered every month at the mediation and conciliation Centre, more than 10 are divorce petitions. At least 2 cases settle for divorce every month.It is seen that most of the couples filing a divorce petition in the family courts are working professionals in the age group of 25-35 years.
According to experts divorces are increasing due to frequent ego clashes and work stress.
Common grounds of divorce according to the Indian judicial system, the common grounds of divorces in which one of the partners can file for divorce are:
- Adultery : When either of the two is involved in sexual relationship outside marriage.
- 2.Cruelty: When the man or the woman is subjected to any kind of physical and mental injury.
- Desertion: When one partner abandons the other for at least a period of two years.
- Conversion: Forced conversion of religion.
- Mental disorder/ venereal disease : If one partner suffers from mental disorder/insanity or from a serious communicable diseases.
- Leprosy : If one of the partners suffers from incurable form of leprosy.
- Renunciation: If a spouse renounces all worldly affairs.
- Conjugal rights: Failure in observing conjugal rights for 2 years or more.
In the corporate world a man fails to give sufficient time to his family,this directly affects his relationship with the wife. A progressive individual is also responsible for the upward trend. Spouses are no longer dependent on each other financially. With economic prosperity and rising incomes, with increased ego between the partners and professional competition, the number of divorce cases is increasing in India.
Today, most young married couples have stopped giving value to marriages and for petty reasons, their married lives fall apart. The wives who usually file for the divorce.Contested divorce takes longer around 18-24 months. Here the aggrieved party must prove cruelty, unsoundness of mind and impotency of the spouse.
Divorce is not looked down upon in the society today. While initially divorce was a hush-hush matter, there is greater societal acceptance of divorcees in the modern families today. A divorced daughter is accepted with open arms by her parents and family. The very sanctity and importance of a relationship has gone down the drains. Young couples’ attitude towards marriage has changed.
Children are no longer the binding factor in marriages. Most children are badly affected by the fact that their parents are divorced or on the verge of splitting. Experts also say that children tend to project extreme behavioral patterns such as aggressiveness or social withdrawal. They become quarrelsome or start bullying other children and suffer from psychological weakness. There is also blow to child’s self esteem. What worsens the situation is when a partner tries to malign the other to gain the child’s sympathy.