The state has witnessed a steady rise in the number of suicides and cases of divorce and estrangement due to alcoholism and domestic abuse.
It has responded positively to a proposal made by the Kerala State Youth Commission (KSYC) in this regard.
“Pre-marital counseling by the Church within the Christian community is an example; there is a need to replicate such initiatives across the society. The government has responded favorably to the proposal,” R V Rajesh, KSYC chairman.
Describing Kerala as the ‘Divorce Capital’ of the country in its concept paper for the pre-marital education Act, the KSYC has quoted studies that reveal a whopping 700 per cent increase in number of cases in Kerala’s family courts between 2005 and 2013 (from 8,546 to 56,474).
According to the panel, Kerala is home to 1.96 lakh of the 23.43 lakh divorced women in India.
The state has also witnessed a steady rise in the number of suicides and cases of divorce and estrangement due to alcoholism and domestic abuse.
The commission has recommended compulsory pre-marital education for registration of marriages to garner support for what could be the first-of-its-kind Act in India.
He said the final draft of the KSYC proposal would incorporate opinions collated during a recent consultation on the subject.
The commission is drawing inspiration from its initiative that led to amendments in the Shops and Commercial Establishments Act in favor of employees in the unorganized sector.
Source: Deccan Herald