Myriad reasons for divorce
A recent survey and a news report says that India has the lowest divorce rates in the world. A recent statistics carried out in 2008 shows that only 1 out of 100 Indian marriages end up in divorce. And without glitch, one can easily claim it to be much lower in the rural areas. If these statistics are to be compared to the survey carried out in the USA, it will be seen that 50% of marriages in USA break up. Can this low rate of divorce be attributed to the respect of culture, social ethics etc in case of India or the fear attached to the social stigma of falling in love outside marriage resulting in divorce?
Are affairs the only reason for divorce? Most of us in the urban space think so, however, how true is this thought process?
We may be far behind the UK or the USA when it comes to rate of divorce, however divorce is becoming quite common in India. It is commonplace to hear stories of extramarital affairs, not anymore in the hiding, resulting in divorce. In the age of pop love, marriage, once hailed for values of happily ever after, has quietly disintegrated. No wonder, the latest statistics of 2010 says, divorce rate in India has doubled. But are we justified in putting all the blame on the so called ‘affairs’ or there are other reasons to explore?
It is interesting to note, that according to the marriage statistics of USA (source: statistical abstract 2009), for every 1000 people, 500 stay married and 500 divorce. And out of these 500 divorcees, 125 stay single and 375 marry again. Well, it doesn't stop here, out of the 375, 185 stay married and 190 divorce. out of this 190 divorcees, 133 marry and 57 stay single. No, this is not the end of it. of the 133, 54 stay married and 79 divorce. Of the 79, 32 stay single and 47 stay married. Hence, 786 of the original 1000 end up being married anyway. But was it the scenario in developed nations in early nineteenth century? No, is the answer.
Developed nations saw increased divorce rates during the twentieth century. It isn't seen as a social horror anymore, especially in countries like USA, European territory, United Kingdom and Canada to name a few prominent ones. These statistics conducted by Citibank on divorce in the United States were backed by a big revelation---- fifty percent of divorced couples talked about money issues being the major cause of break up.
To elucidate further, an annual study in the UK, 2012, by management consultant Grant Thornton, says it all. He cites: family strains, emotional/physical abuse, Mid life crisis, addictions like gambling, alcoholism, workaholism as the reasons for divorce. It is interesting to note, contrary to the popular perception, 59% of respondents say wives petition for divorce more than the husband.