Most Indians believe that personal happiness is somehow a selfish thing. Women, in particular, are conditioned to believe that the ability to compromise unconditionally for family stability is a trait that they possess. Consistency, friendship and equality within marriages are secondary or simply foreign ideas for most families. Their absence is rarely considered a basis for divorce. In fact, finding them in a marriage is often considered an unrealistic or childish expectation.

According to the last National Family Health Survey (NHFS-4) released by the Union Ministry of Health, every third woman over 15 years of age has faced various forms of domestic violence in our country. It was also found that 31 percent of married women experienced physical, sexual or emotional violence by their husbands. Seasonal violence is the most common type of physical violence at 27 percent, followed by emotional violence at 13 percent. The survey also reported that 83 percent of married women who have experienced physical violence since the age of 15 reported their current husbands as perpetrators of violence. Every third married woman who experiences spousal violence has spoken of an assault resulting from eye injuries, sprains, dislocations, burns, broken bones, and broken teeth. Nevertheless, only 14 percent of women who experienced this violence sought help to stop it. The report, however, found a silver lining - education. The report noted that domestic violence experience, including physical and sexual violence, declined sharply with schooling.

But things are changing in India. In the past, Indian women lived with husbands mainly because of financial dependence. Today, women no longer have to depend on men and do not live with abusive or destructive Indian men and extended families who are not giving them a marriage that gives them the respect or compatibility they desire. It is a good thing that the situation of women in Indian society is changing and some of them have the privilege of taking decisions of their own life. For this reason, they are not ready to be part of a bad marriage. Rising law awareness has also contributed to the rising divorce rate in India.

Abha Singh, 1/11/2021 12:00:00 AM

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