The southern metropolis, sometimes referred to as India’s Silicon Valley, is one of the country’s fastest growing cities. Its urbanization continues to rise at a breakneck pace — a controversial metro project in the city has had extensive environmental concerns as the government is trying to make the system operational by 2011. Within the IT sector alone, in 2006, nearly there were nearly 1,300 divorce cases. In 2003, that same number was less than 300.
However, the Indo-Asian News Service reports that as the city “progresses” marriages aren’t quite what they once were in India’s boomtown. Here’s a fun fact: There are 25 divorce cases filed every day.
The news service reports:
According to a recent survey by the Children’s Rights Initiative For Shared Parenting (CRISP), around 13,000 cases of divorce are pending in various family courts in Bangalore. Of these 5,000 were filed in 2008.
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Experts vary on the reasons for the rise in divorce rate in Bangalore.
“There are reasons galore for the rise in divorce cases. Urbanisation and increasing violence against women and financial stability of both husband and wife, to name a few,” Dona Fernandes, a member of women rights’ group Vimochana, told IANS.
“Today’s empowered women are refusing to follow the traditional diktats of Indian marriages. Marriage is the biggest form of displacement for any woman as she has to shift from her home (natural habitat) to her husband’s home.
“It is the wife who is supposed to adjust. But today’s financially strong women are not ready to take undue pressure on their individual existence and thus marital discords are bound to increase,” said Fernandes.