HYDERABAD: Married women who don’t ‘wake up early’, NRI wives who spend lot of time on WhatsApp -- even if it’s with their parents, or even working women who share a cab with their male colleagues are increasingly at the risk of being slapped with divorce petitions by their spouses. Or so it appears based on cases reaching the family court in city.
Lawyers practising in the family court say number of divorce petitions being filed in the city has seen a considerable increase. Not just that, the grounds on which divorce is being sought have also become a lot more trivial. Numbers show that on an average, the Court receives 50 to 60 divorce petitions per day. This is a whopping ten-fold increase from last year -- when the court received about five petitions per day. Lawyers say that with people of all strata of the society becoming financially independent, legal separation has now become an option.
There is also a parental factor in all this, point out lawyers. Their involvement becomes crucial in many cases. “At least about 25 pc of my clients are NRIs, wanting divorce as their wives spend too much time on phone with their parents or kin,” says lawyer Mujeeb Kumar. Another lawyer, Anand Kumar, shares the case of a woman who approached him for divorce saying she was not treated properly.
“When we approached her husband, he also sought divorce saying his wife had started smoking which is against their culture,” he says. He added there was a rise in cases of men being harassed in the past one year.
Man complains to SHE Team about harassment by wife
SHE teams of Cyberabad, for a change, received a peculiar complaint from a man alleging harassment from his wife. Taken by surprise, the police responding to first of its kind case, counselled the complainant and asked him to give it sometime for things to improve. The man, a private employee, in his late 20’s complained to the SHE team officials in Gachibowli on Wednesday that his wife has been harassing him for quite some time and asked the police to register a case against her and take action.