We Indians always argued that Divorces are for Westerners — we have solid marriages and we know how to make them work. I happened to have different opinion — all people and all marriages are same. Once a society evolves when divorve is no taboo and women have opportunities for second marriages and to live without marriages, the divorce rates become about the same.
“There is no shame or stigma attached to a divorce now and even parents often back their daughters who want to separate if things do not fall in place,” psychiatrist Harish Shetty added. The increasing numbers corroborate what they say. Last year (until October) saw 4,138 divorce applications in Mumbai. This is an increase of 47.5% over the 2002 figure of 2,805.
Other urban centres in the state are catching up with Mumbai. Thane district saw 3,675 divorce pleas between January and October 2007, while Pune saw 1,372 pleas in the entire year.