Digital infidelity is the leading cause of marital discord
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Digital relationships are resulting in the collapse of family ties, it would seem. As more and more youngsters and newly-weds are logging on to e-relationships, family life appears to be indulging more and more in what is being called ‘digital infidelity’. The virus has apparently left many a couple looking for solutions and programmes to reboot their matrimonial life, said CRISP president Kumar Jahgirdar. Bangalore-based NGO Child Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP) is working for gender neutral family laws. “We keep getting a lot of complaints on infidelity from the spouses who indulge in cheating by having an extra-marital affair,” Jahgirdar told IANS on the phone. He said now the digital world, via social media or smartphone, is more responsible for this unnatural intimacy. “The victims, mostly husbands, often show us how the spouse is communicating frequently with a stranger through SMS, email, Facebook, whatsapp and the like, using filthy text. Most often they will end up indulging in adultery,” he said. And adultery, he said, is often cited as grounds for divorce.
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