Ridiculing husband amounts to cruelty, a cause for divorce: HC
Ridiculing the husband before friends and relatives and challenging his dignity amounts to cruelty that is a cause for divorce, the Kerala High Court ruled.
The Court granted divorce to the husband who was constantly ridiculed and harassed before relatives and friends. When the husband V V Prabhakaran moved the Kannur family court for divorce it was turned down. But the High Court granted him divorce appreciating the circumstances and evidence.
The wild allegations raised against the husband by the wife were examined by the Court. The Court observed that the nature of allegations cannot be condoned as it remains in the mind of the husband as an injury so painful shaking the very foundation of married life. At the time when the Court granted divorce, he was 70 and his wife Chandramathy 60.
The cruelty meted out by her shows that the relations between the husband and wife had come to an irretrievable halt, the Court said. They lived as husband and wife for 22 years. The animosity of the wife towards the husband went to such an extent that even for the marriage of his daughter, he was not invited and deliberately kept away.
They were married in 1973 but since 1995 they were living separately.
The husband was employed and even before his colleagues his dignity was questioned, the Court observed. Such misbehaviour of the wife due to strained matrimonial relations was mental cruelty inflicted on him.
The High Court said that the family court had not evaluated the evidence properly. Hence the judgment of the lower court was set aside by High Court and husband was granted divorce.