Friday, February 11, 2011

“vulgar” dress ground for divorce: Court

New Delhi: Wearing a revealing dress during her honeymoon proved costly for a woman as a court granted divorce to her husband saying improper dressing by the woman brought mental cruelty to the man. 
   “Cruelty includes not only physical but mental cruelty as well. Ostensibly, she (wife) has indulged in bloating falsehood beyond proportions,” additional district judge Manmohan Sharma ruled, accepting the husband’s plea that he suffered mental agony due to his wife wearing “vulgar” dresses regularly. The court allowed the husband’s divorce plea saying “mere living under one roof without the necessary ingredients of love and faith, which are the hallmark of a fruitful matrimonial relationship, is nothing but animal existence.”
   The husband, in his petition seeking divorce on the ground of having been subjected to cruelty, had contended that his wife wore vulgar clothes during their honeymoon. “During their honeymoon, she dressed herself in a very vulgar manner and when he asked her to change the dress she retorted that she had dressed herself that way to be noticed by at least 50 people,” the husband had said in his plea.
   The court gave the divorce decree to the husband after hearing some audio recordings, played by the woman’s fatherin-law, proving that she had conspired with her parents to torture her husband and inlaws. “She (wife) has gone to the extent of conspiring with her parents to teach the petitioner (husband) and his family a lesson,” the court said. “The nature of cruelty suffered by the petitioner (husband) is partly physical and predominantly mental.” PTI

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