Mar­riage rate more than 10 times the di­vorce rate

A to­tal of 56 thou­sand mar­riage ap­pli­ca­tions pro­cessed in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in 2012

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

Statis­tics from the Ju­di­cial Coun­cil of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion high­light that over the past year more than 56 thou­sand mar­riage cer­tifi­cates have been pro­cessed, out of which only 53 be­longed to men mar­ry­ing sec­ond wives.

Judge Dad­yar Hamid, of­fi­cial spokesper­son of the Kur­dis­tan Ju­di­cial Coun­cil, stated in a press con­fer­ence at the Coun­cil’s build­ing in Er­bil on Jan­uary 17th that their courts have pro­cessed more than 123 thou­sand dif­fer­ent cases in the year 2012.

Ap­prox­i­mately half of the cases were mar­riage cases.

Com­ment­ing on the rate of di­vorce in the same year, Judge Hamid told the re­porters that due to the fact that they have yet to re­ceive the statis­tics and re­ports from the province of Sulaimaniya, they do not have a fi­nal fig­ure for the num­ber of di­vorce cases pro­cessed in 2012.

“In the prov­inces of Er­bil, Duhok and the Garmian Ad­min­is­tra­tion, a to­tal of around 4000 di­vorce cases have been pro­cessed,” con­firmed Judge Hamid.

Th­ese fig­ures show that the mar­riage rate is more than 10 times higher than the di­vorce rate in the Re­gion. Ac­cord­ing to some so­cial and psy­cho­log­i­cal ex­perts, this can be partly re­ferred back to the fact that di­vorce is a so­cially un­ac­cept­able act in Kur­dish so­ci­ety and hence peo­ple would re­frain from di­vorce as much as pos­si­ble and even choose to live in mis­ery for the sake of their rep­u­ta­tion in so­ci­ety.

Psy­chol­o­gists ar­gue that this low di­vorce rate is by no means an in­di­ca­tion of a healthy so­cial life within fam­i­lies and this is a se­ri­ous is­sue that needs spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion.

On the other hand, an­a­lyz­ing the fac­tor be­hind the high mar­riage rate, ex­pert’s claim that it may be due to the fact that so­ci­ety en­cour­ages mar­riage as a sa­cred con­tract. How­ever, a stronger fac­tor is the re­al­ity that so­ci­ety con­sid­ers sex­ual re­la­tion­ship be­tween sin­gle men and women as a taboo and a re­li­giously pro­hib­ited act. Hence young boys and girls only have one choice when it comes to sex­ual re­la­tions, which is mar­riage.

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