Today noted Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar in a tweet claimed that as per Census 2011, the divorce rate amongst Hindus was 0.76% and that of Muslims was only 0.53%

A little search on Google reveals that the All India Muslim Personal Law Board is also making similar claims about divorce rates being lower than Hindus, especially in the context of the Triple Talaq matter being heard in the Supreme Court.

The National Herald website ( 🙂 ) is also doing its bit to peddle this claim further. It says divorce rates amongst Hindus is 0.76% while the same for Muslims is 0.56%

Secular newspapers such as Times Of India and the Hindu have also added their bit to this issue.

Now, let us look at the reality.

Source: Census 2011 – C-3 Marital Status By Religious Community And Sex – 2011

Table 1: Data for Total Population

Marital Status Total Persons Males Females
Total 1210854977 623270258 587584719
Never married 570833969 322870527 247963442
Excluding never married 640021008 300399731 339621277
Divorced 1362316 452743 909573
Divorced + Separated 4897518 1615191 3282327
Divorce ratio 0.002128549 0.001507135 0.002678198
Divorced + Separated ratio 0.007652121 0.005376806 0.009664668
Percentage (Divorced) 0.21 0.15 0.26
Percentage (D + S) 0.76 0.53 0.96

Table 2: Data for Hindus

Marital Status Hindu Total Hindu Males Hindu Females
Total 966257353 498306968 467950385
Never married 444973597 253100795 191872802
Excluding never married 521283756 245206173 276077583
Divorced 962810 344281 618529
Divorced + Separated 3833495 1310576 2522919
Divorce ratio 0.001846998 0.001404047 0.002240417
Divorced + Separated ratio 0.007353951 0.005344792 0.009138442
Percentage (Divorced) 0.18 0.14 0.22
Percentage (D + S) 0.73 0.53 0.91

Table 3: Data for Muslims

Marital Status Muslim Total Muslim Males Muslim Females
Total 172245158 88273945 83971213
Never married 92081730 50970832 41110898
Excluding never married 80163428 37303113 42860315
Divorced 269609 57535 212074
Divorced + Separated 654347 154655 499692
Divorce ratio 0.003363242 0.001542365 0.004948027
Divorced + Separated ratio 0.008162662 0.004145901 0.011658617
Percentage (Divorced) 0.33 0.15 0.49
Percentage (D + S) 0.82 0.41 1.2

Observations:

  • The percentage of divorced amongst Hindus is 0.18 while it is 0.33 for Muslims
  • Percentage of divorced + separated amongst Hindus is 0.73 while it is 0.81 for Muslims
  • The divorced and separated percentages are extremely high for Muslim women, with the latter crossing the 1 percentage mark.

Conclusions:

  • Main stream media, once again, has picked up random numbers and stitched together a narrative.
  • Some of the other numbers quoted in the above referenced articles are all based on random surveys done in a few select districts.
  • The problem of divorce is much more amongst Muslims that Hindus. It is especially so amongst Muslim women.

 

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