Landmark Judgment: Husband Granted Divorce on Grounds of Mental Cruelty

In a significant judgment delivered on February 5, 2024, the Delhi High Court ruled in favor of the appellant/husband in a divorce case filed under Section 13(1)(ia) of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. The judgment, in the case identified as MAT.APP.(F.C.) 229/2023, divorce on mental cruelty by respondent/wife.

Background of the Case

The case involved a marriage that took place on October 14, 1999, with the birth of a son on December 28, 2000. The appellant/husband filed for divorce on grounds of cruelty, alleging mistreatment and interference in marital life by the respondent/wife.

Allegations of Mental Cruelty

The appellant claimed divorce on mental cruelty by wife that despite providing due respect, love, and affection, the respondent behaved indifferently. Issues arose, including the respondent’s demands for a share in family assets and threats of false cases. Allegations ranged from neglect of household duties to parental interference, leading to conflicts.

Judgment Analysis

The court meticulously analyzed the evidence, emphasizing the importance of considering the totality of circumstances in matrimonial cases. The appellant’s testimony, detailing instances of neglect, interference, and false complaints, was deemed credible.

Image of a Divorce Decree, Marriage rings, Judge hammer and a pen. Text overlay says "Divorce on Mental Cruelty by Wife"

Parental Interference and False Complaints

The judgment noted constant parental interference by the respondent and the filing of false complaints, causing mental distress to the appellant. The court observed that such actions, in addition to prolonged separation, constituted cruelty under the Hindu Marriage Act.

Precedents and Legal Analysis

The court referred to legal precedents, emphasizing that false complaints against the husband and family members constitute mental cruelty. The judgment cited cases where similar situations led to the granting of divorce.


Concluding that reconciliation was unlikely and the appellant had endured mental cruelty, the court granted divorce under Section 13(1)(ia) of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. The judgment sets a precedent for cases involving prolonged separation, false allegations, and interference.

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