Divorce rates in Pakistan have reached an alarming all-time high. There are a variety of factors that contribute to this trend.
Some include changes in societal attitudes towards marriage and divorce, increased financial independence for women, and longer life expectancies.
Showbiz star Nadia Khan recently gave her two cents about the issue. Khan who has been through quite a journey herself shared that loyalty in society has decreased. There are many temptations and men can easily have extramarital affairs and when women get a hold of reality, divorce is the result.
She further added that women also have become financially independent and they can take a stand for themselves which has also contributed to increased rates of divorce. During the podcast, she added that the divorce rate in Pakistan was on the rise due to two major reasons: disloyalty and financial problems.
Khan suggested that men are tempted into extramarital affairs and women don’t waste a second to get rid of their men when they come to know about such things.
Additionally, some experts point to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic turmoil it has caused, as well as the increased stress and isolation that many people have experienced, as contributing to the surge in divorce rates.
According to a 2019 Survey carried out by Gallup and Gilani Pakistan, 58% of Pakistanis believe that divorce rates in Pakistan have increased in the country. 2 out of every 5 Pakistanis believe that the in-laws are responsible for most of these cases, it added.
According to police reports, in the first quarter of 2020 alone, 3800 divorce cases were filed in Karachi. Most recently between January to November 2021, the District Judiciary of Rawalpindi also reported 10,312 cases of divorce, khula, guardianship and maintenance. Also, 13,000 more cases are awaiting adjudication in the family courts of Rawalpindi district.
High divorce can have a significant impact on a country like Pakistan, both at the individual and societal levels. At the individual level, divorce can lead to emotional and financial stress for the parties involved, as well as their children. It can also lead to a loss of social support and a sense of isolation.
At the societal level, divorce can contribute to a number of negative outcomes, such as increased poverty and financial insecurity, particularly for women and children. In Pakistan, the cultural and social norms around marriage and divorce can make it difficult for women to obtain a divorce, and they may be left in a difficult and dangerous situation if they decide to leave an abusive or unhappy marriage.
Divorce can also have negative effects on the children of divorced parents, such as lower academic achievement, behavioural problems, and a higher risk of mental health issues.
What are your thoughts on the divorce trend? Share them with us in the comments below.
Stay tuned to WOW360.