Court dissolves marriage on grounds of cruelty: The Delhi High Court recently dissolved a marriage on the grounds of cruelty while stating that the husband viewed the wife only as a “cash cow” due to her job with the Delhi Police.
The woman was only 13 years old when she got married to a 19-year-old boy in 2000. She turned adult in the year 2004, but continued to stay with her parents till November 2014. During this period she landed a job with the Delhi Police. Before this, the woman’s family had asked the husband to take her to their matrimonial home. However, he did not show any interest in doing so at that time.
It was only after she landed the job and finally had a stable income, that the husband wanted to take her in. According to the woman’s statement, she started living with the man in November 2014. She alleged that the respondent was an unemployed alcoholic who used to physically abuse her.
The husband, on the other hand, argued that his money has supported the woman’s education and now she wished not to stay with him.
After listening to both sides of the argument, the court concluded that the husband just wanted to be with the wife because of her job and income. “He claimed he has incurred on the education of the appellant, as an investment, which would not bear fruit in case parties were to part ways with judicial intervention,” the court said. Thus making it clear that the respondent has eyes on the wife’s income.
In the same judgement, the court also said that the husband viewed the wife as a “cash cow” and became interested in her after she started her job. The man didn’t have any emotional ties with her which have caused “mental agony and trauma” to the wife.
Saying this, the court observed it to be a case of mental cruelty and dissolved the marriage under Section 31 (1) (ia) of the Hindu Marriage Act.
In the historic judgement by Kerala High Court on August 2021, they recognised marital rape as a cause for the divorce of a couple and stated that it is a valid ground for divorce. The court also stated it as physical and emotional cruelty towards a woman. Justice A Muhamed Mustaque and Justice Kauser Edappagath made a significant judgement.