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Rising divorce rate in Ghazni blamed on foreign TV soaps

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Rising divorce rate in Ghazni blamed on foreign TV soaps

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May 03, 2017 - 17:41

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Womeninfo-icon’s affairs department officials on Wednesday said they had registered 125 divorce cases in southern Ghazni province last solar yearinfo-icon.

While there were 90 divorce cases in 1394 solar year, the year before last solar year, in Ghazni, indicating an increase, said Fawzia Kakar, head of the judicial office at the Ghazni Women’s Affairs Department.

She blamed the increase in divorce cases to foreign TV dramas played on local television channels, drug addiction and poverty.

Kakar, who talked exclusively with Pajhwok Afghan News, said the Women’s Affairs Department had launched public awareness campaign for reducing divorce cases in Ghazni. “Divorce is allowed in Islam, but there is emphasis on its prevention,” said the official.

Shiekh Haidari, an Islamic scholar in Ghazni, said: “Many families refer to us for divorce, but we advise them separation.”

However, he said divorce in some cases was better and prevented families from further problems. Haidari believed divorce rate would sharply fall if the government banned foreign TV serials on local TV channels.

Basira, 25, a resident of Ghazni City, told Pajhwok she got divorced three years ago because her inlaws had been mistreating her.  She said she had been asking her ex-husband to separate himself from the joint family, but he always refused.

“Finally I was left with no option to approach the government and seek divorce,” she said. To a question, she said she would not marry again and would prefer single status for her entire life.

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