Opponents of the bill believe that an easy divorce could encourage more couples to cohabit before marriage and create a society of loose morals.
Union Law Minister Sadananda Gowda has constantly raised the bogey of “grave and far-reaching” consequences as a reason to put the bill on the back burner.
If you are not Indian, keep reading to learn seven things that should ingratiate you with them. Indians take Bollywood and their celebrities very seriously.
I suggest you pick up a few and break them out at an appropriate time, probably somewhere well into the second date.
Divorce in India hardly goes uncontested (unlike in the West) because wives know that agreeing to a divorce is like throwing away the last lifeline.
The ‘permanent alimony’ granted by courts to wives after divorce is generally around 10 per cent of spouse’s income.
It increased by 350 per cent between 20 in Kolkata, and doubled in Mumbai between 20.
They make up a large proportion of our graduate students -- just walk around the campuses of Harvard, Columbia or Stanford or and you will see these incredibly attractive brown people all over the place. Those endless jubilant dance numbers in Bollywood movies pretty much channel the Indian soul. If for no other reason other than you want someone to dance with you (or without you for that matter), date an Indian. Oh yea, I almost forgot to mention: one more big bonus when it comes to dating an Indian: communication with cabbies. New Yorkers: Just imagine if you could stop a taxi during the 4pm transition time and your date could say, in Hindi, "Hey brother, will you please take us to Spring and 6th?
Nobody knows how many such unfortunate couples are caught in the limbo of broken marriages.
The basic shortcoming in the existing divorce law is two-fold: it allows divorce only on specific grounds like adultery, cruelty, insanity etc., although there can be many other reasons why a couple might like to end their relationship; moreover, the existing law gives the spouse no claim on the matrimonial property.
Nor do things look brighter in reports of the household census as it is bereft of data on how families are organised – be it around married or unmarried couples or single individuals.
In the absence of official statistics, perhaps the bellwether is the number of divorces granted by the family courts.