Irretrievable Breakdown as Ground for Divorce in India
On Friday, 11 June 2010, the Indian Cabinet approved an amendment under which a married couple can use irretrievable breakdown as a ground for divorce in India. Although, it is yet to be cleared in the Parliament, the amendment offers respite to many couples in India who are unable to cope with continuing in their marriage. Indian laws for divorce make it difficult for couples to separate from each other legally.
Indian Law: Grounds for Divorce
The grounds for divorce in India are strict and include:
- Conversion to another religion conversion
- Unsoundness of mind
- Venereal disease in a communicable form
- Virulent and incurable form of leprosy
- Desertion or no information of being alive for at least a period of seven years
The petitioner must prove one of these grounds to seek matrimonial relief. Well, once the decision is cleared by the Parliament, it will become easier for the petitioner to get a divorce.
Indian Law: Divorce in India will Benefit Couples
Divorce lawyers, it seems, have expressed their thumbs-up to the proposal as they say it would lead to expeditious judgments. “I think this amendment will give a lot of benefit,” said a based Delhi lawyer Rakhi Budhiraja, who also practices divorce cases. She further added “Cases will be sorted out very quickly.”
Some people are of the view that if passed, this proposal would only cause further damage to the society. Conversely, many others feel that there is no point in letting a husband and wife keep suffering from a bad marriage. They will have mental peace and authority to live their lives the way to desire.