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Divorce: Statistics reveal that men move on faster in India

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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.

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  • Vinod

    When a divorce takes place , there will be equal number of men and women affected. I do not understand the statement “there are more divorced women in India than divorced men”

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It’s not what you wear, but the way you wear it

Men lack the enzyme which processes self-awareness, which is why we think we look good in Speedos

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A lot depends upon what we wear and how we carry it. Wikimedia Common
A lot depends upon what we wear and how we carry it. Wikimedia Common

Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work.

I expected my wife to veto the idea, but she was okay with it, saying: “It’s not what you wear that counts, but whether you can carry it off.”

Mind you, this was a phone conversation and so she couldn’t see what I was wearing. In the event, going to work in a killer clown outfit was not as bad as it might have been, and the fake bloodstains on the costume proved advantageous. Fellow passengers quickly gave me a seat on the bus — actually, a whole block of seats.

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The main (and possibly only) advantage of marriage for guys is that we are given full-time aides (“wives”) who generally prevent us going out looking too ridiculous. Men lack the enzyme which processes self-awareness, which is why we think we look good in Speedos.

Proof: In my true-crime file is a report about a criminal fugitive on the run in Japan who disguised himself in a girls’ sailor suit school uniform. Since he was a tall man with massive shoulders, he managed to evade detection for only minutes.

Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work. Wikimedia Commons
Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work. Wikimedia Commons

Another true story: Last year, a pair of bank robbers decided to dress as women to scope out a bank in Thomasville, Florida. The result was the opposite of what they expected: They became the centre of attention, of course.

It is really hard for men to dress convincingly as females as we lack the two main things that make a woman a woman — good taste, and the ability to walk with our feet clamped in instruments of torture known as “lady’s shoes”.

There’s one exception which proves my point. In November last year, the coach of the Thailand women’s kabaddi team was dismayed to find out that males were banned from attending women’s sports events in Iran, where his team was playing. So he wrapped his head in a female scarf and marched straight in.

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He fooled nobody but correctly judged that the women would be too nice to throw him out. Smart guy.

Our UK correspondent shared a sad news item about a group of men who raised money for their local hospital by dressing as nurses and pushing a bed around town. The hospital refused to accept the cash as they said it was considered politically incorrect for men to dress as nurses these days.

It is really hard for men to dress convincingly as females as we lack the two main things that make a woman a woman. Wikimedia Commons
It is really hard for men to dress convincingly as females as we lack the two main things that make a woman a woman. Wikimedia Commons

This seems unfair, as I have seen marathon runners dressed as bananas, dinosaurs and Q-Tips without complaint from fruit sellers, palaeontologists or people who like to poke things in their ears.

But the political issues surrounding women’s clothes are complex. In 2011 someone organised a “slutwalk” in Canada. This involved scantily-clad females marching down the road with protest banners. When the Slutwalk arrived in Asia, the women were fully covered up and many of the marchers were male; so the event missed the point, a bit like the Animal Rights Barbecue that a friend of mine once tried to organise.

Also Read: 7 Unfailing Ways To Impress Your Lady Love & Swoon Her Off Her Feet

Anyway, like my wife says, it’s not what you wear but how you wear it. By the way, I look great in a Speedo. (IANS)

(Nury Vittachi is an Asia-based frequent traveller. Send ideas and comments via his Facebook page)