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IT boom leads to spurt in divorces?
Arup Chanda
Tribune News Service

Chennai, August 12
Along with the boom in the IT, BPO and ITES sectors in the South, there is also a sudden rise in divorce in these industries.

Chennai, which is the latest on the list of "cyber boom" cities in India, has recorded a rise in the cases of split marriage by about 200 per cent.

A recent study, which compiled data from various family courts and crime records bureau, indicates that more young couples are opting for divorce and at least 40 per cent of them in the city are professionals working in the IT, BPO and ITES sectors.

According to lawyer at the Madras High Court R.Saravakumar, "The number of divorce cases by the professionals in three family courts is increasing. The number of divorce cases in the courts was more than 3,000.

"Over the past few years, the trend has been on the rise and this year, within the first half, it has crossed the 3000-mark," he said.

Compared to Chennai, Bangalore has also witnessed a rise of more than 100 per cent in these cases over the past decade with Kerala outshining all with a record of a 350 per cent rise during the past 10 years.

Saravanakumar said," A majority of the professionals are in their mid-20s who are usually from other parts of the country. They come to work in the South with good salaries but with a hectic daily schedule, they have no personal lives. Office love blooms leading to short-term relationships and just to get out of sheer loneliness, they tie the knot only to realise soon that their priorities are different."

"Many get married, which are inter-community and inter-caste even without informing their parents. Within six months, they find that the marriage is not compatible and file for mutual separation”, he said.

"In a majority of these cases, both husband and wife are IT or BPO employees with long working hours and have no idea of how a marriage works with compromises. They have no intention of rearing a family and prefer only live-in relationships. When things do not work out, they prefer a quick divorce, he added.” A majority of these cases are where the couple just need to fulfil their physical needs and do not have emotional involvements.

Psychiatrists say, “It is a fast-growing culture. The lifestyle is work hard for five days and they party hard during the weekends to take out their stress. Most of them are youngsters who start their careers with fat salaries.

They splash around a lot of money and a majority of them imbibe alcohol and some take drugs. They think in short term and want to get the best out of life. Most of our patients suffer from chronic depression.”

“When there is a marital problem, they should seek counselling and practise meditation or yoga. They should spend more time with each other in their homes instead of partying with friends. But they are busy in the rat race of making more money”, he said.

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