Delhi High Court Upholds Divorce in Favor of Husband in Recent Landmark Judgment

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New Delhi, October 11, 2023: In a recent landmark judgment, the Delhi High Court granted a divorce in a closely watched matrimonial case. The judgment addressed allegations of cruelty and desertion, ultimately leading to the dissolution of the marriage.

The case centered around a husband’s petition seeking a divorce from his wife on the grounds of cruelty and desertion under Section 13(1)(ia) and 13(1)(ib) of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. The court’s decision has significant implications for family law in India.

The court found that the wife’s medical condition was not intentional and that incidents that occurred before and after their marriage were not considered acts of cruelty. It concluded that there were differences between the parties, which ultimately led to their separation in April 2013.

On the issue of cruelty, the court made several key observations. It noted that both the husband and wife had acted in ways that could be considered cruel. The husband was criticized for denying paternity of their child through text messages, which the court deemed an act of cruelty. Additionally, the wife had filed criminal complaints against the husband and his family members, and the court emphasized that false and defamatory allegations against the spouse and their family members could be considered cruel.

Regarding the allegation of desertion, the court concluded that it was the wife who had left the matrimonial home in April 2013 and refused attempts at reconciliation, thereby establishing desertion.

This judgment sets a significant legal precedent in matrimonial cases, particularly regarding what constitutes cruelty and desertion in the context of divorce proceedings. The decision highlights the importance of careful consideration of allegations and actions in such cases and emphasizes the need for couples to seek reconciliation where possible.

The court’s verdict has far-reaching implications for divorce cases and family law in India, shedding light on the complexities of personal relationships and legal remedies available to those seeking to end their marriages on the grounds of cruelty and desertion.

Download the complete judgment here: MAT.APP.(F.C.) 215/2023. This downloaded judgment from Delhi High Court’s official website, can serve as a valuable resource for legal reference in ongoing cases as well.

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