Is Bengaluru becoming the divorce capital of India?
Bengaluru has a not so-flattering tag along with being the IT capital of India – that of being the divorce capital of South India.
And as if the pendency of over 54,000 cases in the city is not bad enough, an average 50 divorce petitions filed every day in the overburdened courts is further crippling the system, as per a recent report in Bangalore Mirror.
A majority of those filing for divorce are young, typically in their late 20s and early 30s, and work in the city’s burgeoning corporate sector.
Already seven family courts are functioning on Siddaiah Road in the city, but these courts are proving to be insufficient to cater to the needs of the increasing number of divorce cases in Bengaluru.
The law department has been forced to sanction 11 more family courts in the city alone. Another 11 such courts will be set up in the rest of the state. Though recommendations for additional infrastructure were put up and accepted two years ago, it is yet to become reality because of space shortage.
Three additional courts were sanctioned in 2013, but thanks to space crunch, they are far from functioning.
Infrastructure is a big issue. There is no space at all for the new courts.
According to the general statistical report available on the website of Bangalore Mediation Centre, 53,950 cases were referred to it from Jan. 1, 2007 to Oct 15, 2016, of which 2,044 were pending.
“Of the cases coming to the family court, at least 80% are filed under the Hindu Marriage Act. While 70% of couples are from the IT sector, BPOs and private companies, 30% are from the other sections of society,” a Times of India report quoted a source in the family court.