In one of the most talked about judgments of 2016, the apex court states that forcing husband to separate from his parents home amounts to cruelty.

Justice Anil R Dave and Justice L. Nageshwara Rao of Supreme Court in the case of Narendra vs. K Meena held that continuous efforts of a wife to separate her husband from his family would result in as a ground for divorce and will be part of an act of cruelty.

The division bench observed: “In normal circumstances, a wife is expected to be with the family of the husband after the marriage. She becomes integral to and forms part of the family of the husband and normally without any justifiable strong reason.

However, it is also pertinent to mention that divorce was granted after

  1. Wife made repeated threats of suicide.
  2. Wife also made wild allegations of extra marital affairs.
  3. Husband’s parents depended on him for their maintenance.

The division bench set aside the judgment of Trial Court and High Court and further quoted the behavior of the wife appears to be terrifying and horrible. One would find it difficult to live with such a person with tranquility and peace of mind. Such torture would adversely affect the life of the husband.”

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