44,236 petitions reached before various courts during 2011-'12

Sidelining of the sublime concept and rich values of family life by the young generation and creation of a self-centred world, coupled with the Western influence on native culture, have left the institution of family somewhat in a disarray, T.K. Rameshkumar, District Family Court Judge, has said.

Mr. Rameshkumar was inaugurating a seminar on the ‘Growing divorce cases in the State,' organised by the Vigil India Movement's State committee and the Legal Services Committee at Thiruvalla on Sunday.

He said that there had been a manifold increase in the number of divorce petitions reaching the family courts in the State.

Many factors

Presiding over the inaugural session, Prasad Thomas Kodiyattu, Principal of St. Mary's Women's College, Thiruvalla, said mental stress, alcoholism, extra-marital affairs, domestic violence, emotional incompatibility, adjustment problems, religious differences, and so on were found to have been the factors leading to divorce in many cases.

Prof. Thomas said there were reports that divorce cases were high among those employed in the information technology field. Blind imitation of Western lifestyle and culture by the young generation had contributed to the growing divorce rate in the State, he said.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had stated in the Assembly that a total of 44,236 divorce petitions reached before various courts in the State between January, 2011 and January, 2012. During 2000-'11, it was only 24,815 and in 2005-'06, the number was 8,456.

Prakashkumar Charalel, Vigil India Movement State co-ordinator; R. Ratheesh, secretary, Legal Services Committee; Rajeev Parippally, Rachel P. Mathew, and Muraleedharan Nair, legal experts, addressed the seminar.

T.K. Rameshkumar, judge, District Family Court, inaugurates a seminar on Growing divorce cases in the State at Thiruvalla on Sunday.

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