Gallup and Gilani Pakistan conducted a recent survey and found that divorce rates in Pakistan are at an all-time high. According to the study, 58 percent of Pakistanis think the divorce rate has increased in the country. A majority of people believe in-laws are a major cause of divorces. Divorce cases are also expected to increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in 2020 and 2021.
During the pandemic, many couples suffered from depression, anxiety, and privacy issues, contributing to an increase in domestic violence. According to police reports, 3,800 divorce cases were filed in Karachi alone during the first quarter of 2020. From January to November 2021, the District Judiciary of Rawalpindi reported 10,312 divorces, khulas, guardianships, and maintenance cases.
According to the survey, forced marriages are another contributing factor to the growing divorce rate. Due to such marriages, the number of divorce cases has soared in rural areas.