Diwali will be special for the Marathe family this year. Their grandchild will be home to celebrate the festival for the first time in four years.
Like the Marathes, many families exuded mixed emotions at the family court on Thursday. Children held on to their bags with hope while parents eagerly waited for the judge to announce the custody details.
Speaking to dna, Pune family court president Ganesh Kawade said, “Around 50 applications for custody of children for Diwali vacation were received. Almost all of them have got the custody of the child for seven days, two days and even a little time to spend.”
Software techie Suhas Marathe had married Sukeshani (names have been changed to protect identity) five years ago but are living separately for the past four years. The couple has a four-year-old son Surya. Suhas approached the court for the child’s custody through his lawyer Bharat More.
Suhas plaint stated that he has never been able to celebrate festive seasons with his son and his bedridden father wishes to perform Laxmi Puja with grandson this year.
The judge directed Sukeshani to give seven-day custody to the child’s father. Surya, who had come along with his bag at the family court on Thursday, was initially unable to recognise his father. Later, he waved his hand to his mother and went with his father.
In another case, More said, “A Koregaon Park-based engineer is struggling for two years to get his nine-year-old son’s custody on festive occasions. His wife has raised objection on the ground that the boy has joined extra classes during holidays and the amount has been paid in advance.”
The boy was asked by the panel of judges whether he wants to go with his father or continue with the tuition.
With the child not being able to give a definite answer, the judge said, “Education is essential in today’s life and there is no compromise. But still there is an alternative solution. The father during these 14 days of tuition can pick up the child from his mother’s house and drop him to study centre and back to his mother’s place after the end of classes. The father can spend quality time with his son during the travelling.”
Another interesting case was witnessed where the father after getting custody of his daughter and son left the court without taking the kids’ clothes. The renowned city businessman will be celebrating Diwali with his two children after three years. The businessman had moved his plaint through lawyer Shekhar Tawade.
The father told dna, “I have already made all arrangements for shopping to save time. Last year, when the court had granted me the custody of children, my wife had promised before the judge that she will handover the kids to me the next day with their clothes. But she kept her phone switched off. Even the court failed to give me the kids’ custody. This year, learning from the last year’s experience, I do not trust her anymore.”