For long, Marriage has been considered as a religious sacrament but judging by the pace at which the divorce rate is shooting up, it has to be said that old notion has been diluted to some extent. Although the divorce rate in India ranks lowest among all the countries of the world. Statistics shows that only 1 out of 100 Indian marriages end up to a divorce which is quite low in comparison to America’s 50% of marriages turning into breakups. The rate of divorce in India was even low in the previous decade, where only 7.40 marriages out of 1,000 marriages were annulled.
But recently due to urbanization, liberalization and empowerment of women, the divorce rate is going up especially in urban centers. Over the past four years the divorce rate in Delhi has almost doubled and is projected to be 12000 by the year 2008. In 2006, it was recorded that 1,246 cases of divorce were filed in the court in Bangalore pertain to the IT sector exclusively. It has been estimated Mumbai has shot up to 4,138 in 2007 while cities that are acknowledged for their cultural richness and social values like Kolkata and Chennai, are no less behind. Agro based states like Punjab and Haryana are now seeing an increase of 150% of divorce rate since the last decade. Kerala, known to be the most literate state has experienced an increase of divorce rate by 350% in the last 10 years.