cases on the rise in Singapore
June 27, 1999
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SINGAPORE'S GROWING awareness among women of their rights has seen an increase in divorce cases in Singapore, which rose by 16 percent to more than 5500 in 1998 from a year earlier, the Sunday Times reported.
Lawyers and marital counselors said the rise in divorce cases was unsurprising, since more women did not hesitate to bring their husbands to court if they felt they were being abused or treated unreasonably.
"The economic downturn can be a driving force because it tests tolerance levels to the limit," said Jamaliah Abdul Rahim, family development department manager of the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore.