SEJONG, South Korea, Sep. 8 (Korea Bizwire) – A housewife in her late 30s was arrested on a charge of inflicting injury upon her mother-in-law in Sejong city, South Chungcheong Province on September 7.
According to Sejong Police Station in the city, a woman was brought in for a violence charge against her husband’s mother who is in her late 80s because the mother-in-law scolded the accused’s “poor” cooking skills. The woman under interrogation said she was preparing for holiday foods when the elder found fault with the food she made.
The elder was taken to a neighboring hospital and is reported that she suffered a head injury but didn’t show any life-threatening injury from the incident.
In Korea, conflict between mother and daughter-in-laws in marriage is so intense that significant reasons of the divorcing cases resulted from this old-time family battles. That’s why divorce rates soar right after big national holidays such as Chuseok or Lunar New Year’s Day.
According to a report issued by Statistics Korea last year, the number of divorces was 11.5 percent higher from February to March and from October to November than the average month, underscoring family battles play a significant role in untying the knot in South Korea’s many married couples.