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60 p.c. epileptic women face divorce, finds study

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Epilepsy in India is highly stereotyped in terms of gender with 60 per cent married epileptic women facing divorce and the rest having to suffer through adversely affected relationships.

This was found in a nation-wide study conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences released on Tuesday. The study showed that women with epilepsy suffer from under or no employment, higher anxiety, difficulty in finding partners, and increased risk of divorce compared with men with epilepsy.

“The truth is that 95 per cent of women with epilepsy can have a normal marriage and bear children,” said the author of the study, Dr. Manjari Tripathi, Neurology Professor at AIIMS.

The study also found that women with epilepsy in India become object of prejudice and are discriminated against, thereby leading to poorer quality of life.

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