Family court grants divorce to woman after husband threatens to kidnap son in Mumbai

Thursday, 2 January 2014 - 10:15am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Coming to the rescue of a woman, who had accused her husband of abusing her after consuming alcohol and threatening to abduct or harm their son, the Family court has granted her divorce and the custody of the boy.

Judge Laxmi Rao directed Raman to pay Sita (names changed) Rs 6,000 towards the maintenance of the mother and son, who is studying in Std IV in an English medium school. The ruling came after the court observed that Raman never took care of the child and Sita, who had proved her case of cruelty.

Sita and Raman married in May 2001 at Vikhroli as per Hindu vedic rites and customs. They were residing with Raman’s parents and siblings at Girgaon. They had a son on December 5, 2003.

According to the divorce petition filed by Sita through advocate Snehal Sawant, the relation was cordial between the two for hardly six months. She soon learnt that Raman was heavily dependent on alcohol and often consumed gutkha.

The woman further alleged that he never provided money at home and spent everything on his vices. Because of this, Raman’s mother, sister and brother started harassing and abusing her, she alleged.

Sita claimed that she had to take up some temporary work and was forced to pay for the boarding charges. Even during her pregnancy, no one cared for her and no medical treatment was provided to her. Also, the in-laws didn’t allow her to use their gas stove and never gave her proper food, Sita alleged in her petition.

The woman alleged that she was thrown out of her matrimonial home in June 2010.  She said she was compelled to take the legal route after Raman threatened to abduct the child or harm him. Hence, she filed a complaint with the V P Marg police station.

Sita pointed out to the court that Raman worked in a saree showroom and was earning Rs 15,000 a month. After a court order, Raman had gone once for counselling session at the family court.

The judge passed an ex parte order in Sita’s favour observing that Raman had neither showed up for any of the hearings nor filed a written statement. “Her evidence on record also shows that the respondent never took care of the minor child. He also threatened the petitioner that he would abduct the child. Hence, in the best interest and welfare of the child, I am of the considered view that the petitioner is entitled to retain permanent custody of the child with her.”

The court has also directed Raman to pay Rs 5,000 to Sita for the litigation cost.

Man pays for being cruel and careless
The woman alleged that her husband was heavily dependent on alcohol and would often consume gutkha. She also told the Family court that he never provided money at home and spent everything on his vices. Because of this, her in-laws also started harassing and abusing her, she alleged. She said she was forced to approach the court after the man threatened to abduct or harm her 10-year-old son.

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