Tough di­vorce law makes cou­ples go in for sep­a­ra­tion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Aloke Tikku and Harry Stevens let­ters@hin­dus­tan­ Soub­hik Mi­tra soub­hik.mi­tra@hin­dus­tan­

A law that makes it dif­fi­cult to get a di­vorce may not have kept un­happy mar­ried cou­ples to­gether. Cen­sus data re­leased this week sug­gests these cou­ples were split­ting up any­way, with­out a di­vorce.

For ev­ery di­vorcee recorded by the cen­sus, there was an aver­age of two more who told enu­mer­a­tors that they too had sep­a­rated from their spouses. For Hin­dus, there were three more sep­a­rated peo­ple for ev­ery di­vorcee.

The data comes against the back­drop of the NDA gov­ern­ment’s move to drop a muchde­bated bill that would give le­gal sanc­tity to live-in re­la­tion­ships and make it eas­ier for Hin­dus to get a di­vorce.

An­gry Air In­dia pas­sen­gers have been tweet­ing com­ments and pic­tures of bro­ken seats, torn stor­age space and dys­func­tional toi­lets in flights, par­tic­u­larly on in­ter­na­tional routes. While the prob­lems of poor cabin up­keep have been re­ported ear­lier by cabin crew in­flight re­ports, the lat­est flurry of an­gry com­plaints has hit so­cial me­dia over the past few days.

AI chief Ash­wani Lo­hani did not com­ment on the rea­son be­hind the poor up­keep, but said, “We are tak­ing all mea­sures to im­prove the cabin.”

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