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Lessons in love.

This refers to 'Sharp rise in divorce rates', (GDN, September 22).

Indeed, it is very sad witnessing previous sweethearts part ways. Irrespective of the underlying socio-economic reasons, divorce is the worst thing you can experience in life.

However, the divorce rate in Bahrain is still one of the lowest in the GCC.

A report earlier this month stated the UAE has the highest divorce rate with 40 per cent, followed by Qatar (38pc), Kuwait (35pc), Bahrain (34pc) and Oman (29pc).

At the end of the day, it is governments that shoulder the responsibility of supporting divorcees and their dependants, putting pressure on the economy.

The early intervention of government bodies before the onset of divorce is critical to curb the problem.

Preachers, legal experts and psychologists need to approve a marriage of two young adults before they tie the knot.

Since youths are driven by ego and emotion, they need a guide of sorts to inform them of the challenges ahead.

When youths arrive at critical and challenging times, they consider the only way out to be divorce -- which entails a long legal battle and ultimately a family breakdown.

Apart from the social stigma associated with it, divorcees suffer from depression and are less likely to become productive citizens in the short term.

I will leave the negative social impact of divorce to psychologists, but I would like to suggest that in order to reduce divorces and construct a sound family, young people need to be provided with pre-marriage consultations.

Recently it has become a tradition to present a medical certificate as part of the criteria for obtaining marriage certificate, to avoid the transfer of contagious diseases such as Aids and hereditary conditions such as sickle cell disease.

Participation of young couples in pre-marriage courses should also be part of the requirement.

That participation will hold the key to solving future misunderstandings and help reduce divorce.

Abu Mohammed

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Oct 18, 2014
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