- Pakistani supermodel and actor Sunita Marshall discusses the rising divorce rates in the country during a recent appearance on Momin Saqib’s show, highlighting the prevalence of divorces within the entertainment industry.
- Sunita Marshall emphasizes the importance of not staying in an unhappy or incompatible relationship, encouraging people to prioritize their well-being over societal pressures and consider the impact on their children.
- The discussion reflects changing attitudes towards divorce in Pakistan, with growing support for women’s financial and emotional independence and an increase in divorce cases, while celebrity breakups also draw significant attention on social media.
Pakistan’s supermodel and actor Sunita Marshall is known for her bold and straightforward opinions. In her latest appearance on a Momin Saqib-hosted show, the actor talked about the growing rates of divorce and shared what she felt about the whole thing.
In a clip that has now gone viral on Instagram, Sunita can be seen clad in a blue dress talking about an increase in divorce rates across the country. She said that over the last two years, “many couples from within the [Pakistan entertainment] industry were going through divorces.”
She said that while it was unfortunate, “it is okay to separate from your partner instead of living in a bad relationship. Before marriage, you don’t know if you will be compatible with the person you’re marrying to or there will be problems between you two after marriage.”
She added that “to stay in a bad relationship while only thinking about how your decision will affect your children or parents is equally wrong. One has to be a little selfish here and think about themselves.”
Still a Taboo
‘Divorce’ evokes strong emotions among people. In the 21st century, when more and more people are coming forward to educate young women that they are worthy of love and respect and that they should not subject themselves to an unhappy life.
Over the years, the entertainment industry has produced a few shows showing the negative impacts bad and incompatible relationships have on both the couple and their children who are forced to grow up in an unhealthy environment.
Through advocacy, most women-run NGOs have been able to show women that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Women are now encouraged to think about their financial and emotional independence instead of relying on toxic households to provide them with their basic necessities. In 2021, a survey revealed that the country saw an all-time high number of divorce cases filed in the courts.
Celebrities’ breakups garner more attention on social media mostly because of their fans who document their reactions on what they perceive as heartbreaking news. Some popular couples who broke up in the last three years include Shahroze Sabzwari and Syra Yousaf and Ahad Raza Mir and Sajal Aly.
While the two couples have maintained silence over their relationship, most fans have expressed the heartbreak they felt over the sad news.
Sunita did not name any couple during her interview, but her assessment regarding relationships and when to say enough seems pretty rational.
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