By NewsGram Staff Writer
It appears that there is a gender bias even in divorces. According to the statistics compiled by rediff.com, there are more divorced women in India than divorced men.
The ratio between divorced women and divorced men show huge variations across various states. Except for Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, in all other states, the number of divorced women are considerably higher than the number of divorced men.
There are 4022 divorced women for every 1000 divorced men in Kerala, which is the highest in India.
The figures for other southern states are not much better either. Karnataka has a figure of 3127 females per 1000 males. Tamil Nadu and Andra Pradesh have a figure of 2863 and 3052 respectively.
Among the states of East and North-East, Tripura has the highest disparity with 3497 females per 1000 males and Sikkim has the lowest disparity with 1038 females for every 1000 males. West Bengal and Odisha has 2787 and 2813 divorced women per 1000 divorced men.
The figures for the states in Central India and those across Gangetic belt are as follows: Uttar Pradesh: 966, Uttarakhand: 1638, Madhya Pradesh: 1493, Chhattisgarh: 2434, Bihar: 1537, and Jharkhand: 2507.
In Western India, Gujarat and Rajasthan have 935 and 1122 divorced females for every 1000 divorced males respectively. This means that there are more divorced men than divorced women in Gujarat.
The case is same in Punjab and Haryana as well. Punjab has 809 divorced women per 1000 such men, and Haryana has 924:1000 ratio of women to men.
The ratios for Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir are 1131:1000 and 1349:1000 respectively.
Though the statistics do not say anything regarding the total number of divorces in each state, it clearly establishes that more number of divorced women do not remarry as compared to their male counterparts.
A report published in January by Hindustan Times had revealed that divorce rates in India, especially among young couples were rapidly increasing.
In Mumbai, 11667 divorce cases were filed till November, 2014 as against 5245 such cases in 2010. In Kolkata 8347 cases were filed till November, 2014 as against 2388 cases in 2003.
Out of the 2000 divorce cases filed in the Lucknow family court in 2014, 900 cases were filed by young couple who were married for less than a year.