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India sees rise of 'silver divorces'

Some welcome trend to tackle old-age loneliness, others question impact on conservative society

A man and a woman talk at a matchmaking event organized by Ahmedabad-based organization Vina Mulya Amulya Sewa. The service curates these gatherings across India for people between the ages of 50 and 75. (Photo by Ram Kumar)

NEW DELHI -- Sheena Tiwari, a Mumbai-based schoolteacher, says she was "baffled" by her aunt's constant avoidance of all queries related to her husband of 35 years.

"Every time I inquired about uncle's health or business, aunty would evade the question and launch instead into her own struggles with diabetes and her fashion boutique. It was really puzzling, because in the meantime, uncle had stopped taking my calls," recalls the 38-year-old woman.

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