Tough di­vorce law makes cou­ples go in for sep­a­ra­tion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Aloke Tikku and Harry Stevens

NEW DELHI: 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 govern- ment’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.

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