Marriage rate more than 10 times the divorce rate
A total of 56 thousand marriage applications processed in Kurdistan Region in 2012
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.