Ahmedabad: Lockdown enhance in calls indicating infidelity | Ahmedabad Information

AHMEDABAD: A 47-year-old woman from Vejalpur desperately called the Abhayam 181 helpline in July. “Her husband, a land agent, invested in a spa a few years ago. While the business did not start, he became romantically engaged to his partner, who was much younger to him. He used to insist that his meetings were all business, but when the meetings continued even after the lockdown, the woman became suspicious, ”an advisor told the hotline.
A quick look at the man’s chat history cleared the romance and caused the woman to follow him one night to catch the deceitful husband in the act. “She called the Abhayam team to seek police assistance if necessary,” said the adviser. She added that the couple are under counseling and trying to pick up the threads of the ragged relationship.

In 2020, 181 women’s hotline rang off the hook with unprecedented calls regarding extramarital affairs. A total of 4,916 extramarital affairs counselors have called, roughly the equivalent of one call every two hours. The number was 35% higher than claims for marital problems, which accounted for 3,644 calls. In total, 80% were made from March to December.
Dr. Hansal Bhachech, a city-based psychiatrist, vouched for this trend. “2020 was a crucial year for relationships. In general, people can keep their lives separate inside and outside the home. But due to the ongoing lockdown, who lived together in one house for months, the infidelity was increasingly exposed and confronted. ”
However, it was not only women, but also men who were called crying infidelity by their spouse. Falguni Patel, Abhayam 181 coordinator in Ahmedabad, said men had complained about the woman’s extramarital relationship. “As a hotline, our job is not to judge. We try to help the victims after we understand the case and offer advice or legal help if the caller is in need,” she said.
It wasn’t just extramarital affairs – the year also saw marital relationships become strained. The psychiatrist Dr. Ramashankar Yadav said the wife of a senior government official chose to live apart with two children after exhausting herself from constant meddling in household affairs.

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