India still boasts of the lowest divorce rate of 1.1 percent in the world. However, rapid modernization and awareness of legal rights is leading to an increase in the number of failed marriages. According to the findings of a statistical survey, the divorce rate in Delhi, the capital city of India has almost doubled from 2006 to 2010 and is projected to be around 15000 by the year 2015.

Causes of Failed Marriages

The cases of failed marriages are mainly found in urban areas. This is because women, traditionally considered to be a subdued gender of an Indian society, are now financially empowered to take care of themselves and their children independently. She is no longer at the mercy of her husband and his family for survival. Moreover, women are now exposed to the outside world. They are doing jobs that were earlier done by men. This way they are


getting more confident in handling their lives. It, therefore, becomes difficult to treat them like salves and make them agree to ones whims and fancies. This is one the greatest cause of failed marriages.


Some of the other causes that eventually lead to separation are:


The prevalence of open work culture and late working hours has increased intimacy between male and female colleagues that sometimes lead to extramarital affairs. If such relationships do not die a natural death, then it can lead to the end of a marriage. Universally, infidelity is a prime cause of separation between the partners.

Forced marriages

Children who are married at a very young age are still evolving their personalities. When they grow up and find a stark difference in their personality with that of their partners, they want to move out of the marriage and find a new compatible partner for themselves. Sometimes, parents emotionally blackmail their children to marry a girl or boy of their choice. Such marriages that take place out of coercion and not love may not work.

Family issues

Frequent fights between couples over issues around family members sour the relationship and widen the communication gap between husband and wife.

Financial matters

Two individuals generally do not have the same spending pattern. Conflicts over finances are prevalent in urban families where needs are more than the available financial resources.


Ego hassles and taken-for-granted attitude towards each other is a slow poison that kills a happy marriage. Lack of quality time spent together is another common cause.