Srinagar: Matrimonial disputes in Kashmir are apparently witnessing an upward trend, with experts citing decreased tolerance among married couples as the reason.
More than 212 matrimonial dispute cases have been registered at the J&K State Women’s Commission (SWC) from January 2017 to September 2107. Last year 114 cases were registered at the commission.
These include complaints of desertion, torture, maintenance, cruelty, divorce, re-marriage, dower, harassment, custody of children, harassment at workplaces, recovery of belongings.
Chairperson SWC Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor describes the situation unfortunate, as the divorces, she says, happen mostly between educated couples, both from urban and rural areas.
“We believe the level of tolerance is decreasing day by day, as a result decisions are taken in seconds. On an average 8 to 10 hearings are done in the commission and day by day cases has been increased,” Mehjoor said.
“Earlier I used to have three days in a week and other days we visited schools and college but now we have too much flow of cases and I have to stay five days in office and solve the cases.”
The commission, she says, tries its best to solve the problems to save the relationships.
“If we cannot save the relationship we give compensation according to the Islamic law,” she said.
Some cases take up to six months take solve.
When the case gets too complicated for them, they refer it to courts or police.
Apart from registering cases on the basic of complaints, the state commission for women also took suo-moto cognizance in several incidents, mostly brought to the notice of commission through news reports.
Mehjoor, however, says that awareness programs by the Commission may also be a reason for more people coming forward to approach the commission.
She says the commission organized a number of awareness and interaction programmers in various districts of the state during 2016-2017 encouraging women victims to come forward.
“We think because of the awareness people know where to go and file the complaint,” she said.
The commission is also planning offices in each district, she said.