Latest Divorce Judgement in Favor of Wife – Landmark Ruling by Chhattisgarh High Court

In a significant ruling, the Chhattisgarh High Court delivered a landmark judgement in favor of the wife, Priya Sharma, in FAM No. 300 of 2018. The judgement, delivered on 13th July 2023, set aside the lower court’s decree of divorce sought by the husband, Sanjit Sharma, under Section 13(1)(1-a) of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955.


Priya Sharma and Sanjit Sharma got married on 5th June 2015. However, their marital bliss was short-lived as disputes arose between them shortly after the marriage. The husband alleged that Priya refused to stay with his parents and misbehaved with them. Conversely, Priya claimed that her in-laws demanded dowry and subjected her to torture.

Court Proceedings

The trial court allowed the husband’s divorce application based on alleged cruelty, but Priya challenged the decree in the Chhattisgarh High Court. The appellant argued that the husband failed to prove cruelty and that his contradictory statements weakened his case. Additionally, she claimed that criminal cases related to dowry demands were pending against her husband and in-laws.

Reference from Supreme Court Judgement

In arriving at its decision, the Chhattisgarh High Court drew reference from the landmark Supreme Court judgment in Neelam Kumar vs. Dayarani (2010) 13 SCC 298. The High Court emphasized the principles laid down in this case, highlighting that no decree of divorce can be granted unless the party seeking divorce successfully proves cruelty based on the pleadings and evidence presented. 

High Court Verdict

Judge's Gavel and Happy Wife - Latest Divorce Judgement in Favor of Wife. Celebrating a Legal Victory.

The High Court analyzed the evidence presented by both parties and found insufficient grounds for granting a divorce decree. It noted that the husband’s allegations lacked concrete evidence and that no acquittal or resolution had been achieved in the pending criminal cases. Consequently, the court ruled in Priya Sharma’s favor, setting aside the lower court’s decree of divorce.

Maintenance Award

Regarding maintenance, the court awarded Priya Sharma a monthly maintenance amount of Rs. 10,000. The husband’s salary and immovable properties were considered in making this decision. The court stated that the maintenance amount would increase proportionally with any future increase in the husband’s salary.


The latest divorce judgement in favor of wife, Priya Sharma, serves as a crucial precedent for future divorce cases involving cruelty allegations. The Chhattisgarh High Court’s ruling emphasized the importance of providing concrete evidence when seeking divorce based on cruelty grounds. The court’s verdict ensures justice for Priya Sharma, granting her the deserved protection and financial support.

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