Ris­ing di­vorce rate

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - NISAR AHMED

The di­vorce rate has been on the rise in Pak­istan over the last cou­ple of decades. Par­tic­u­larly, in the last two months, 2300 women have filed le­gal suits for di­vorce in La­hore and 150 di­vorce cases were brought to court daily. Con­se­quently, this might not be seen im­me­di­ately as an ap­pre­cia­ble phe­nom­e­non. The sta­tus of women is chang­ing, thus cre­at­ing a big stir in time tested old tra­di­tions. The mod­ern con­cept of women eman­ci­pa­tion has brought a big change and now women don’t ac­cept them­selves as sub­servient to their hus­bands. So, the main rea­sons are lack of sac­ri­fice, in­tol­er­ance, im­pa­tience, weak­en­ing of fam­ily bonds and joint fam­ily sys­tem, forced mar­riages and many more. The hus­bands and wives have equal power to be in the re­la­tion­ships and hence the syn­drome of su­pe­ri­or­ity dom­i­nates on both the sides. This has brought a sense of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion has been re­placed by an en­hanced sense of com­pe­ti­tion, and re­sul­tantly there the lack of tol­er­ance and har­mo­nious co-ex­is­tence ends up in break­ing the fam­ily bonds. There is a gen­uine need to re­vive the fall­ing ed­i­fice of joint fam­ily sys­tem and ac­cep­tance of the role of elders in mak­ing and sus­tain­ing fam­ily re­la­tion­ships. — Kech, Balochis­tan

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