Nagpur: The Family Court in city seems to be a busy place and buzzing with crowd of relief seekers. The Family Court saw over 19,000 petitions of varying nature filed in the past five years. On the other hand, over 6000 couples got separated with divorce recourse. The facts and figures got revealed in an RTI reply sought by activist Abhay Kolarkar.
The Family Court of Nagpur, out of over 19,000 applications, received 16,833 divorce cases in last four and half year and granted divorce to only 6,259 applicants. This indicates growing trend, particularly among newly married to opt for break-up during very short period.
The RTI reply further reveals that 3,264 divorce applications were filed at the court in year 2012, followed by 3,565 in year 2013. In 2014, the Family Court received 3,744 divorce petitions which marginally as against to 3,532 in 2015. In the first seven months of 2016, the number has already reached 2,928. The court granted divorce to 1,474 applicants in year 2012, followed by 1,346 divorces in year 2013. In 2014, the court granted divorce to 1,417 applicants followed by 1,069 in year 2015 and till July 2016, more than 950 divorce applications have been approved. The rate of filing of divorce cases in the family court is almost double than the rate of cases disposed off every year by the court.
The figures would tell a different tale if the mutually settled divorce cases are taken into account. During same period 1,678 couples also decide to patch up and live with same spouse. Out of 2,349 applications of divorce filed in the court between January 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016, the court granted divorce to 1,861 applicants. The court also settled 77 cases of ‘Streedhan’ out of 84 cases, Out of 637 cases of maintenance 610 cases were settled. Out of 119 application for custody of child, 106 cases were settled. The RTI reply further said that the Family Court of Nagpur is overloaded due to which the cases are getting delayed in the court proceeding.