If a wife humiliates her husband in front of either of their friends or relatives, then it amounts to cruelty, the family court noted while granting a 26-year-old man a divorce.
The couple married in 2008, and have a girl child. The husband recently filed for divorce from his wife, alleging mental cruelty under the Hindu Marriage Act. He claimed that days after their marriage, his wife started having disputes with him and his family members.
In his divorce petition, he also stated: “The respondent (wife) used to humiliate the petitioner (husband) in the presence of her friends and relatives. She would also insult the petitioner’s friends and relatives when they visited their home”
Further, the plea adds that the wife would pass nasty remarks and make fun of her husband’s passion for music, which left him embarrassed and disturbed. It was also stated that the wife would call him on his cell phone every hour, due to which the petitioner could not concentrate on his work.
The petition added that she never provided comfort to or respected the petitioner and his parents. She used to harass the petitioner about household activities and also nag the family members.
The family court had issued a notice to the wife, but she did not appear in court and no reply was filed on her behalf.
Thus, the court proceeded ex-parte and concluded that the claims of mental cruelty raised by the husband were true and it can be a ground for granting divorce to the husband under the Hindu Marriage Act.