LAW OF DIVORCE.
A code of divorce is provided for ill-assorted unions, which has been pronounced by Father Bigandet, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Rangoon, as "a damnable laxity." Amongst its other provisions are, where a desire for a separation is mutual, from " incompatibility of temper," or other causes, parties can divorce each other by an equal division of goods ; or if one of them is unwilling, the other is free to go, provided all property except the clothes in wear are left behind. A woman can demand a divorce for ill-treatment, or if her husband cannot properly maintain her, and he from her in case of barrenness or infidelity. Another method which is not unfrequently resorted to is that of the aggrieved parties turning priests or nuns, which at once dissolves the matrimonial bond. They may return to a secular life at any time, and marry another ; but, for the sake of appearance, their return to the world is usually deferred some months.
Serious connubial quarrels appear rarer amongst the Burmese than most communities ; and. apart from their natural good temper, the easy severance of the nuptial knot may, notwithstanding its sweeping condemnation by the good bishop, have something in its favour, namely, that of rendering husband and wife mutually forbearing.
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