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Women empowerment - A cause for increasing divorce rate in India.
Women empowerment stands for empowering women with legal and social rights, education, awareness about self and the world.
Increase in numbers of divorce can be attributed in part to women empowerment since women being more aware of their legal rights would not mind walking out of a violent or unfulfilling relationship.
As women become more independent financially, there is a lesser probability that a women stays in a relationship out of sheer necessity and obligation.
On the other hand with women doing well as men if not better the traditional Indian male might find it difficult to have a more successful second half.
In past, males in India might be embarrassed to ask for divorces due to family pressures and guilt of leaving his wife and children without proper financial support.
Laws have broadened definition of domestic violence to include not just physical, but mental and emotional abuses as grounds of divorce. These laws have contributed too many unilateral decisions to walk out of abusive relationships. Although these laws apply to both sexes, these were meant to be a step towards women empowerment.
Influence of Western Culture. With globalization, increased communication and more issues breached on television, increased divorces may have been encouraged
Lifestyle change: Increased work hours, inter-action between colleagues of opposite sex. These may also lead to divorces although not only from women's end... It would be interesting to note whether increased divorce rates are in cities only or villages also
Women empowerment is not the only cause for the increase in the divorce rate. It is also the change in the social and family structure. Inclination to nuclear families, work pressure, lesser adjustment and a declining trust to the institution of marriage.