National Civil Code Act-2017 allows men also to file for divorce at court. Ever since the implementation of the act, more males have started registering divorce cases in Ramechhap district.

Besides the changes in the law, easy access to social media and foreign employment are blamed for increasing divorce cases in the district.

A total of 135 individuals have registered for breaking nuptial relationships in the current fiscal year. District Court, Ramechhap, Judge Mohan Raj Bhattarai said that court was receiving three cases a day on an average for the past few months.

According to Ramechhap Bar Unit Secretary Yadab Dahal, the court has been receiving more divorce cases in recent years.

Once the case is registered with the court, both husband and wife are called for mediation. In case they cannot come to an agreement, the court issues its verdict on divorce taking agreement from both parties.

Ram Prasad Poudel, a staffer at the court, said that increasing number of divorce cases was not a good sign for any society.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 18, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.