Marriage on the rocks? Just dial for help
KOZHIKODE: Divorce often makes many lives a living hell as the wounds that leave on the couple as well as children will never be healed.In a bid to reduce the number of divorces, Kozhikodebased Navajeevan Community Mental Health Centre has launched a 24x7 Dial Before Divorce service.The couples who need counselling and personal guidance will get the service through helpline 944688873 or 9447191237.One of the counsellors of a 15member team will help tackle the problems faced by estranged couples. The helpline started its operation last week and the centre has already received around 30 calls from various parts of the district.The service was launched in the wake of the swelling number of divorce cases at the eight family courts in Kerala.Speaking to Express Dr C K Anil Kumar, the founder of Navajeevan and chief coordinator of the programme, said that the mutual trust and understanding between life partners have been declining day by day leading to divorce. "The cases in the eight family courts in Kerala show that majority of the couple opt for divorce for silly reasons. We have already set up an expert panel to give personal counselling and the identity of the callers will be kept in anonymity," he added. Elaborating on the reasons behind the increasing divorce rates in Kerala, Dr Anil Kumar said that economic empowerment of women, alcoholism, infidelity, behavioural problems and depression are some of the major reasons.Referring to some of the cases, Kumar said an emotional teacher had once called him up requesting him to unite him with his wife who had run away with her lover while they went for shopping soon after their marriage.Pointing out that divorce is not only happening among newlywed couples, he said a woman who had completed thirty years of marriage had sought the help citing that her husband was trying to portray her in bad light after she questioned his extra marital affair.The expert panel, including psychologist Anil Kumar, psychiatrist S Santhakumar, psychological counsellor K Sheela and advocate A Karunakaran will provide personal counselling to unite them. Legal advice will also be imparted to couples whose cases are pending before the court. The Centre is also planning to constitute similar service in five more districts Kasargod, Wayanad, Kannur, Malappuram and Thrissur in the coming days.