Officials from the cell, where couples are counselled before a woman can proceed to file a case of domestic violence against her husband or relatives, said they have noticed that a good number of cases involve addiction of the husband or the wife to social media.
Inspector Eknath Daule of the women’s safety cell said in two or a little more out of 10 cases, the husband or the wife was found glued to social media through their cellphone and that was the main cause of dispute between them.
He said the social media was wreaking havoc in the lives of married couples. “The husband or the wife is engrossed on the internet, chatting with his or her friends. If the friend on the other end is of the opposite sex, it gives even more reason for the spouse to suspect his or her partner;s behaviour. This leads to altercation or fights between them.”
Officials at the women’s safety cell said addiction to social media leads to doubt, distrust, negligence towards children, etc. This results in dispute between couples.
Family lawyer Dharmendra Chavan, who is also the founder of the ‘Purush Hakka Samiti’ (association of men’s rights) said that over the past few years, he has found that addiction to social media through cellphone was the cause of dispute between couples in nearly 70% of cases.
One case had reached the court of law only because a woman wanted a 4G phone from her husband. Sometimes, one of the married couple has a password to his/her cellphone which the other person is not aware off when the entire institution of marriage works on trust and faith. All such things are leading to separation among couples.
A couple of years ago, police had organised a programme in the city which was aimed at making separated couples communicate with one another to come out with a solution to their problem than getting influenced by the outside world.
In 2018, the women’s safety cell had received 678 applications wherein the couples involved were supposed to be counselled. Out of these, in 109 cases the women went back to stay with their husbands after counselling. In 170 applications the women could not reach an understanding with their husbands and lodged police complaints, while in 114 cases the women went to the court.
Police said the remaining cases were either pending, technical, or the involved parties never attended the proceedings at the women’s safety cell despite repeated reminders.