'Objecting to wife wearing kurta-jeans is cruelty'

'Objecting to wife wearing kurta-jeans is cruelty'

Objecting to the wife wearing kurta and jeans and forcing her to wear sari amounts to cruelty inflicted by the husband and can be a ground to seek divorce, a family court here has ruled.

The wife pleaded that after marriage in December 2010, her husband did not buy her any clothes and therefore, she had bought kurta and jeans from her salary. The husband, however, did not allow her to wear them, saying she should wear saris only. 

In an order passed on June 24, Principal Judge of Family Court, Dr Laxmi Rao, granted divorce to the wife on grounds of cruelty as defined under Section 27(1)(d) of the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

“In view of the averments made in the petition which have gone unchallenged, it can be said that the petitioner has proved her case, hence, she can be granted divorce as prayed by her. Her plea that she was restrained from wearing jeans and kurta amounts to cruelty as defined under the Act,” the judge held.

The wife also alleged that her husband and in-laws had asked her to bring Rs 1 lakh from her house or face dire consequences. They even told her to quit her job but she had refused to toe the line.

The wife further alleged that she was tortured and humiliated as a result of which she suffered mental depression and her life became miserable. She told the court that on March 15, 2011, she was thrown out of her matrimonial home as she failed to bring the money. Since then, she has been compelled to stay at her parents’ house at their mercy as she is now jobless.

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