Hindu Marriage Act: Marriage Dissolved On Ground Of Mental Cruelty Suffered By Husband

Hindu Marriage Act: Marriage Dissolved On Ground Of Mental Cruelty Suffered By Husband

Supreme Court Bench constituted by Justice Anil R. Dave and Justice L. Nageshwara Rao opined that allegations put by wife on husband constituted mental cruelty and that marriage to be dissolved on the ground under Section13(1)(ia) of the Hindu Marriage Act,1955 and granted the decree of divorce.

The case precisely is about the allegations put on the appellant-husband by respondent-wife. Both the appellant and respondent got married in 1992 and have a daughter. Due to the allegations by the respondent which questioned the character of the appellant, rude and arrogant behaviour and life of the appellant was made torturous by the respondent, so the appellant filed for divorce before Family Court, Bangalore.

The Family Court, Bangalore granted decree of divorce. So against that order, the respondent filed an appeal before the High Court of Karnataka.The Karnataka High Court set aside the order of the Family Court. Aggrieved, the appellant filed an appeal before the Supreme Court of India.

The Supreme Court bench noted: “Taking an overall view of the entire evidence and the judgment delivered by the trial Court, we firmly believe that there was no need to take a different view than the one taken by the trial Court. The behaviour of the Respondent wife appears to be terrifying and horrible. One would find it difficult to live with such a person with tranquility and peace of mind. Such torture would adversely affect the life of the husband.”