Justice is meant for the Women, Lectures are meant for the Men – That’s the mantra adopted by many courts recently in India, especially when it comes to matrimonial disputes.
The Kerala High Court recently made certain observations about marriage and its sanctity in today’s society. What becomes debatable is whether similar observations will be given when a woman complaints of cruelty by wife.
A division bench of Justice A Muhammed Mustaque and Justice Sophy Thomas noted that the ‘use and throw’ culture has affected matrimonial relationships and the younger generation sees marriage as evil.
The couple had married as per Christian rites and were living in Saudi Arabia. They have three daughters. The husband alleged that his wife developed some behaviour issues, while the wife said she suspected him of illicit relationships with other women. The wife also contested that she was never violent and never assaulted her husband.
A husband sought divorce on the ground of matrimonial cruelty.
Kerala High Court
As per a LiveLaw report, the bench observed that the younger generation avoids marriage to enjoy free life without liabilities or obligations. It said,
They would expand the word ‘WIFE’ as ‘Worry Invited For Ever’ substituting the old concept of ‘Wise Investment For Ever’. The consumer culture of ‘use and throw’ seems to have influenced our matrimonial relationships also. Live-in relationships are on the rise, just to say goodbye when they fell apart.
Adding further, the bench stated,
Kerala, known as God’s own country, was once famous for its well-knit family bondage. But the present trend it seems to break the nuptial tie on flimsy or selfish reasons, or for extra-marital relationships, even unmindful of their children.
The wails and screams coming out of disturbed and destroyed families are liable to shake the conscience of society as a whole. When warring couples, deserted children and desperate divorcees occupy the majority of our population, no doubt it will adversely affect the tranquillity of our social life and our society will have stunted growth.
On Infidelity Suspicion
The court observed that suspecting the fidelity of the husband, on reasonable grounds, cannot be termed abnormal behaviour. The bench observed,
When the wife had reasonable grounds to suspect the chastity or fidelity of her husband, and if she questions him, or expresses her deep pain and sorrow before him, it can not be termed as a behavioural abnormality, as it is the natural human conduct of a normal wife.
The normal human reactions or responses from a wife, on knowing that he husband was having an illicit connection with another lady, cannot be termed as behavioural abnormality or cruelty from the part of the wife, so as to dissolve their marriage.
It said an erring person can not come to the court to “legalise” his illegal activities. Ordinary wear and tear of matrimonial relationships, mere quarrels can not be treated as cruelties, warranting a divorce, it said.
VFMI Take On Why Indian Men Are Refusing Marriage:
Why Are Indian Men Refusing Marriage?
▪️Most Women, are no longer marrying for family or love
▪️Women marry & start demanding their rights, Any responsibility or duty is termed as Domestic Abuse
▪️Instead of getting a Partner, Men are getting lifelong Liabilities#SpeakUpMen
— Voice For Men India (@voiceformenind) August 23, 2022
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Younger Generation Expands Word 'WIFE' As 'Worry Invited For Ever' Substituting Old Concept Of 'Wise Investment For Ever': Kerala High Court
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