The Twenty Year Divorce

by James J. Gross

Thirumoorthy Ramakrishnan, 53, and Subhashini Bala Subramanian, 49, met through a matrimonial advertisement in a newspaper.  They married in 1998.

Twenty days later, the wife was arrested for misappropriation of funds. The husband was questioned by the police several times which he claimed embarrassed him and caused tension in his life.  He claimed this amounted to cruelty and he filed for divorce.

Although the couple had lived together only twenty days, it took the court almost twenty years to grant the divorce.  The courts in India have a backlog of millions of divorce cases.

 

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