Delhi High Court Grants Divorce on Grounds of Desertion & Cruelty

New Delhi, December 14, 2023 — In a groundbreaking decision, the Delhi High Court allowed the appeal under Section 19 of the Family Courts Act, 1984, in a divorce case filed by an appellant-husband against his wife. The judgment, reserved on August 29, 2023, and pronounced on December 14, 2023, marks a significant victory for justice and underscores the right to a fair trial.

The appellant-husband had sought divorce under Sections 13(1)(ia) and 13(1)(ib) of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, citing cruelty and desertion as grounds. The parties got married in 1993, and issues arose early in their marriage, leading to a history of legal battles.

The appellant alleged improper and uncooperative behavior from the respondent-wife since the early days of their marriage. Accusations of false complaints and harassment were presented against the wife, leading to her leaving the matrimonial home in 1994. Legal proceedings ensued, including a previous unsuccessful attempt for divorce.

The High Court, in its judgment, acknowledged the turbulent history of the case, considering both cruelty and desertion as grounds for divorce. Notably, the court observed that the appellant had faced false accusations, leading to prolonged legal battles, including an earlier FIR.

desertion as a ground for divorce

The court found merit in the husband’s claim of cruelty, emphasizing that false and frivolous allegations against the appellant amounted to cruelty. The acquittal of the appellant in a previous criminal case under Section 498A IPC, further supported his plea.

On the issue of desertion, the court held that the respondent failed to prove that there was no intention to bring an end to the cohabitation. The court highlighted the permanence and intention aspects of desertion, ultimately ruling in favor of the appellant.

This judgment sets a precedent by recognizing the significance of truth in matrimonial proceedings and ensuring justice prevails in divorce cases. It reinforces the principle that unfounded allegations can constitute cruelty, impacting the mental and emotional well-being of the accused spouse.

This landmark decision by the Delhi High Court reflects the evolving legal landscape surrounding matrimonial disputes and emphasizes the need for a fair and just approach to divorce cases.

For further details on the judgment, please refer to MAT.APP.(F.C.) 93/2021, pronounced on December 14, 2023.

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