A family court recently annulled the marriage of a couple after the wife managed to prove that her husband had produced a forged decree declaring a divorce from his first wife in order to marry her.
The woman, who is an air hostess, had been married to her businessman husband since 2007. She had moved the family court for a separation from her husband after he stayed away from the house for a long time on the pretext of getting himself admitted in a rehabilitation centre in Pune in 2010 to kick his alcoholism habit.
The woman and her mother had made inquiries and found out that he was staying with his first wife and children in a house in Bandra. The woman and her mother then approached the family court and asked for permission to look through case papers relying on which the husband had shown them the divorce decree. During the trial, the woman examined the registrar of the family court, who stated that the petition number on the forged divorce decree produced by the husband was in fact registered under the names of a different couple.
The court concluded: “There was delay in bringing the petition but as the petitioner has no knowledge therefore, she had not brought the petition immediately after the marriage. It appears from the record that the petitioner has brought the petition immediately after noticing the falsity of alleged divorce deed and cheating on the part of the respondent.”
The court accepted the woman’s version and declared the marriage null and void.