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Net gains of a second marriage

There’s life after a failed marriage and a growing number of people are out looking for it. Just over two months old, secondshaadi.com already has 7,000 registered users, reports Jairaj Singh.

india Updated: Aug 25, 2007 02:44 IST
Jairaj Singh

There’s life after a failed marriage and a growing number of people are out looking for it. Ask the matrimonial websites and marriage bureaus.

Vivek Pahwa, owner of secondshaadi.com, says: “The number of people seeking a second marriage is huge.” The rise in divorces of couples at a young age, he feels, is why second marriages are today being given more thought and worked at in more measured ways.

Just over two months old, secondshaadi.com already has 7,000 registered users, roughly over 100 registrations a day. Of these, 30 per cent are divorced women and 40 per cent are divorcees with children. The highest numbers are from Hyderabad, followed by Delhi and Mumbai.

Another site, simplymarry.com, says over 1.5 lakh people looking for second marriage have registered with it over the past five years.

“Couples are increasingly divorcing at an early stage of marriage,” says Rajat Gandhi, the site’s business head. “The fact that young people are now financially more stable makes the decision easier.”

Delhi-based Get Bandhan Matrimonial Services gets 10-15 calls daily for second marriages. Says manager Varun Rana: “Young people are now more open to second marriages.”