Tue, 04 Jan 2000

More Banyumas couples separate

PURWOKERTO, Central Java: An average of 110 couples opted to separate each month in Banyumas last year, head of the local Religious Court Djamhuri Romadon revealed on Monday.

"More than 80 percent of divorces appealed were instigated by wives. Many of them complained that their husbands had left them for a long time, without sending any allowance or giving any news of their whereabouts," he said.

A total of 1,315 divorce cases were settled by the religious court last year, he said.

"Even during this fasting month there were 60 appeals for divorce," Djamhuri added. (45/edt)