The New Indian Express ePaper
New Delhi (PTI): Expressing concern over an increasing number of divorce cases flooding the courts, the Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that the Hindu Marriages Act had done more harm to the family system in the country than strengthening it.
"The Hindu Marriages Act has broken more homes than uniting," a vacation bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and G S Singhvi observed.
The apex court regretted that the growing number of divorce cases in the country was having a disastrous effect on children of families which get broken in such a manner.
Enacted in 1955, the Hindu Marriages Act which had undergone several amendments till 2003 contains various provisions for validity of a Hindu marriage, restitution of conjugal rights and divorce, the latter being a concept evolved from the English law.
"Even at the time of marriages, anticipatory divorce petitions are being filed," the bench remarked sarcastically.
The apex court passed the observation while dealing with a petition filed by a divorcee for seeking his child's custody.
"Ego should get dissolved for the sake of the child," the bench remarked even as the separated parents tried to air their views.
The apex court told the separated couple that it was more concerned with the welfare of the child, rather than the mutual recrimination between the two.
"Ultimately the child suffers. If it is a girl the trauma is more, particularly at the time of the marriage of such children," Justice Pasayat speaking for the Bench observed.