Divorce now a common word


New Delhi: Seeking a divorce from a troubled marriage is no more limited to the “celebrities,” and the “elites” as increasing number of middle class people are also hitting the splitsville due to high stress level and more options available to find a second partner, say experts.

The latest reports of troubled marriage have hit Arun Nayar- Liz Hurley and Big Boss 4 participants Ali Merchant and Sara Ali.

Experts say divorce rate is at a high as the social stigma associated with it in middle class is fast disappearing.

“In the absence of joint families, people don’t even know what is family and marriage values are. They don’t even get time to understand why they are getting married in first place,” says Dr. Kamal Khurana, a Delhi-based marriage and relationship therapist.

There is no concrete data available on the number of divorces taking place in Delhi, but divorce lawyer Osama Suhail says it is in the range of 6,000 to 8,000 per year.

“The role of women in the family is changing as they are doing jobs and matching steps with their husbands. They are being more assertive and in many cases, it leads to a divorce,” says Suhail.

Divorce rate is as low as 1.1 percent in India as compared to 50 percent in the USA, but the cases are on rise in metros than the rural areas.

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