Marriage cannot be ended over sari: High Court
Sari may be a bothersome garment, especially compared to `Punjabi dress`, but a marriage cannot be ended over it, Bombay High Court has held.
Mumbai: Sari may be a bothersome garment,
especially compared to `Punjabi dress`, but a marriage cannot
be ended over it, Bombay High Court has held.
Dismissing a petition filed by a homeopathic
practitioner, a division bench of Justices A P Deshpande and
Rekha Sondurbaldota held that in-laws` insistence on sari
cannot amount to "cruelty" under the Hindu Marriage Act.
Alka, the petitioner, and Anand (both names changed)
got married in June 2003. Alka soon fell out with her husband
and in-laws and returned to her parents` house.
Besides filing a criminal complaint against the husband,
his mother, and two sisters for subjecting her to torture for
dowry, she also filed a divorce petition in the family court.
In the divorce petition, she cited several instances of
cruelty to which she had been allegedly subjected, including
husband`s illicit relationship with another woman.
One of her grievances was that she was forced to wear
sari by her in-laws.
After the family court rejected her divorce application,
she filed an appeal in the High Court.
Upholding the family court`s decision, the High Court
last week said in-laws` insistence on her wearing sari cannot
be an instance of cruelty to dissolve the marriage.