700% increase in khula cases in 2020

KARACHI: Families got an extraordinary opportunity to reunite during the global epidemic, but the number of separation cases filed in family courts has increased by 700 percent.

According to official figures, about 5,891 cases of khula (separation) have been filed by women across the province in the last two years.

The data showed that in the year 2020, compared to the year 2019, there was a 722% increase in the number of cases filed by women against their husbands due to domestic issues.

According to statistics, in the year 2019, 632 cases of khula were filed across the province.

However, in the year 2020, about 5,198 women had approached the courts to end their marriages, out of which more than 4,050 are from 5 districts of Karachi.

Statistics show that in the year 2020, 435 cases of khula were registered in the courts of Malir district while in 2020, 387 cases were registered.

In West District, 505 cases were registered in 2020 as compared to 98 in 2019. In addition, in South District, 154 cases were registered in 2019 while in 2020, 422 cases were registered.

In the Eastern District, 1,249 cases were registered in 2020 as compared to 259 cases in 2019.

When it comes to women’s rights, Islam discriminates against other religions and allows a woman to divorce her husband if he fails to do so.

Lawyers say one of the reasons women turn to the courts for separation from their husbands is because they fail to fulfill their responsibilities.

However, advocate Saima Qureshi, who specializes in family litigation, told that in most cases, husbands fail to fulfill their social responsibilities in caring for their wives.

She added that the second reason is that young girls dream of a luxurious life after marriage as they see in glamorous television dramas and movies, real life is very different and difficult.

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