Love af­fair with the city end­ing mar­riages

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A record num­ber of women from ru­ral China are fil­ing for di­vorce. In most cases, their mar­riages broke down af­ter they mi­grated to the city in search of work but found love or self-em­pow­er­ment in­stead.

Sta­tis­tics from the peo­ple’s court in Songzi city, Hubei prov­ince, are typ­i­cal. They show that three in four of the more than 700 di­vorce law­suits filed there in 2014 were ini­ti­ated by wives, and more than 90 per­cent of those in­volved women who had mi­grated to big cities for work and of­ten hus­bands who stayed be­hind in the vil­lage.

Shi Ren­bing, head of the Pop­u­la­tion Re­search In­sti­tute at Wuhan-based Huazhong Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy, said in a re­port ex­am­in­ing the phe­nom­e­non that sim­i­lar pat­terns were be­ing played out in ru­ral re­gions of He­nan and Sichuan prov­inces as well.

So­ci­ol­o­gists be­lieve the women get new ex­pe­ri­ences in the cities they move to and eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence.

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