The Punjab & Chandigarh High Court has made it clear that framing a husband in a false case and making him unsuccessfully undergo a criminal trial amounted to mental cruelty and abandonment, both grounds for divorce. Despite the same, yet again there has been no conviction for the perjurer wife.
- Couple got married in 1994 and husband filed the divorce petition in 2005
- As a rebound, the wife filed charges of Dowry harassment on the husband and his family under Section 498A of the IPC (after living together for 11-years)
- The couple has been living separately for past 15-years and the matter was pending in court since then
- The Bench also observed that the wife in the criminal case had levelled serious allegations of physical torture and demand of dowry against the husband
- Not just this, the respondent-wife had also gone to the extent of alleging that her father-in-law tried to rape her
- Referring to a recent Supreme Court judgment, a Division Bench of the High Court asserted that the act of a wife in filing a criminal case alleging torture, in which the husband was eventually acquitted, amounted to mental cruelty
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Allowing the divorce petition filed by the husband, the Bench of Justice Rajan Gupta and Justice Karamjit Singh asserted that a wife surely had the right to file a complaint or lodge prosecution for redressal of her grievance. Also, mere lodging of a complaint or FIR could not be “ipso facto” treated as cruelty.
However, the same amounted to mental cruelty when a husband underwent a trial in which he was acquitted of the allegations levelled by a wife of subjecting her to cruelty under Section 498 A of the IPC.
The Bench quoted:
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The HC Bench asserted it was open for a wife to file a complaint or lodge prosecution for redressal of her grievance. The mere lodging of a complaint or FIR could not be “ipso facto” treated as cruelty. But it amounted to mental cruelty when a husband underwent a trial in which he was acquitted of the allegations levelled by a wife of subjecting her to cruelty.
- Women had literally made a mockery of our judicial system by filing false and fabricated cases on husbands and their families
- Sometimes, they use this legal tool to settle a score and on other occasions this section is often used to legally extort a big sum as one-time settlement in the name of alimony
- Fifteen years is almost half the lifetime in one’s married life and our system has no regrets whatsoever to keep the matter pending for decades
- What good is a divorce granted to a man after 15-years of battle?
- He cannot resettle and start afresh or plan a family again
- The woman hardly loses anything because she is the one to have filed a false case, while she is fully aware that the same is only for harassing the ex-spouse and his family
- Our courts have absolutely no courage or law in place to convict such fraudulent women, thereby allowing them several more opportunities of filing frivolous litigations against anyone anytime
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