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‘Parental intrusion ruining couples` marital life’

Last Updated: Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 19:45

New Delhi: The interference of parents in the
married life of their daughters has become a major cause for
playing havoc with the lives of young couples post marriage,
the Delhi High Court has said.
Expressing concern over rift between couples due to
parents` persistent interference in their daughter`s married
life, Justice Kailash Gambhir upheld a lower court`s decree of
divorce to a man on the ground of his in-laws` frequent
interference in his marital life.

Justice Gambhir said parents should draw a line to let
their daughters lead happy married lives.

"All parents guide, teach and discipline their daughters
and are concerned about their welfare after marriage but it is
imperative for parents to draw a line as the prime concern
should be that their daughter is happily settled in a new
atmosphere at the husband`s place," he said.

But, it should not mean day-to-day monitoring of the
affairs taking place at the matrimonial home of the daughter,
he said.
Parents should not become uninvited judges of problems of
their daughter, become an obstacle in the daughter`s married
life, plant thoughts in her mind and gain control over her and
promote disharmony in her family life, the judge said.

"They are expected to advise, support and believe in their
upbringing maintaining a discreet silence about the affairs of
the matrimonial relationship," the court said.

"The present case is an unfortunate example where the
parents of the appellant, instead of putting out the fire have
fuelled and fanned it," the court said, dismissing an appeal
filed by the wife challenging the lower court`s order granting
the man decree of divorce.

According to the husband, the difference with his wife
started a few months after their marriage in 1990 due to
frequent interference of his in-laws.

He alleged that he was even hit publicly by his father-in
law two years after his marriage.

Seeking decree of divorce, he had approached the court,
which allowed his plea on the grounds of cruelty by his wife
due to continuous interference by his in-laws.


First Published: Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 19:45
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