Mumbai: In a significant judgement in a
divorce case, the Bombay High Court has held that the decision
of a father disallowing children from watching television
programmes continuously and forcing them to go to bed early
could not be termed as "cruelty".
Dismissing an appeal filed by a 37-year-old housewife
from Pune against a family court`s order refusing to grant her
divorce, Justice A P Deshpande and Justice R P Sondurbaldota
observed recently that such conduct cannot amount to
harassment leading to mental cruelty.
The housewife examined her 12-year-old daughter to prove
the charges of cruelty.
She alleged that her husband wanted his two children to
watch Marathi programmes and not Hindi serials. She further
alleged that the children were asked not to watch television
continuously and to go to bed early.
The judges cross-examined the daughter who did not
support her mother`s allegations of cruelty.
The bench disagreed with the appellant that her husband
had indulged in cruelty by stealing toys of their children,
beating them in front of their friends, not allowing daughter
to operate computer at home and disconnecting television wire
to prevent them from watching serials.