A study submitted by Unified Lawyers reveals that India has the lowest divorce rate in the world. Only 1% of Indian marriages end in divorce. “In every 1,000 marriages, only 13 ends up in divorce. But why exactly is the rate so low?” The reasons will shock you. Are the vast majority of Indian marriages even mostly fulfilling ones? Please let’s not lie to ourselves.
In this article we will analyze- Does India’s low rank on global divorce rate indexes mean happy marriages or social pressure?
The ability to dissolve a marriage is a privilege most Indian women don’t have. The reasons are both social and economic.
Women have no voice
Within India, divorce rates are the lowest in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana and Rajasthan, where patriarchy still has a stranglehold on society.
This clearly shows that divorce rates are low because even today, too many women are not in a position to speak up against their families, or support themselves financially and emotionally if they choose to walk out of oppressive marriages.
A large number of Indian women are not financially independent, which limits their options severely. The social stigma of being a ‘divorcee’ is worse than being unhappily married. Then, there are children.
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Those who decide to end their marriage, are looked down upon for opposing the rules of the Indian society.
The family’s ‘reputation’, the ‘feelings’ of the entire ecosystem around us are supposed to be more important than following our heart. Thus, divorce comes with the tremendous stigma of selfishly abandoning your familial duties, and damaging your family name in the process.
The woman who couldn’t ‘keep her man happy’ is both to be pitied and censured. What a shame really.
The Long legal process of divorces in India is also a major problem
Although India is among the most progressive modern democracies but as far as the law on divorce is concerned — the Hindu Code Bill, passed in Parliament in the very first decade after our Independence, and granted divorce and remarriage rights to men and women equally.
The legal system in India is so slow and long-drawn that it breaks the soul and will power of people. The legal battle, with adjourned hearings and perennial staff crunch in courts, takes up a lot of time — and a lot of money.
Low divorce rates don’t mean happy marriages
They just reek of a system that doesn’t allow agency or autonomy, especially for women. While the lowest divorce rate may seem flattering to some, this just shows that every morning most Indians wake up with the famous “log kya kahenge?” feeling in their minds.
The revelation raises the question of whether divorce is still a taboo in Indian society?
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