aware, women assert their rights
are breaking up fast. The divorce rate is going up especially
in Punjab and Haryana. Why? Women have become more conscious
about their rights and status; financial security and independence
have made them more assertive; breaking up of the joint family
system has contributed towards increasing marital disputes
and the dowry system is also responsible for destroying marriages.
Party chief Balwant Singh Rammuwalia says most of the NRI
marriages are breaking up because of financial considerations.
Those coming from abroad to get their sons married seek a
huge price for their wards. Often such marriages end in divorces,
he added. He said the political, social and religious systems
were loaded against women and they suffered most because of
divorces. NRI bridegrooms walked out of marriages without
fearing the law in the absence of proper laws in India to
protect the rights of women married abroad.
Sokhey, head of the psychology department of Punjabi University,
who has studied the subject of divorces closely and has guided
research on the topic, says spread of education has made women
think for themselves. They have now got the confidence to
live on their own. They want to live on their own terms and
are not ready to play the second fiddle. Their improved financial
status has empowered them. All these factors have resulted
in the breaking up of marriages fast. “In earlier times, women
were dependent on men and had no freedom”, she adds.