Last Updated: 08-11-2008 11:41:04 IST
The Supreme Court has held that abortion by a wife without her husband's consent amounts to mental cruelty and her husband is entitled to a decree of divorce. The latest decision came in the case of Suman Kapur v Sudhir Kapur where defendant had wanted a divorce decree.
According to the original plaintiff Sudhir Kapur, he was married to Suman Kapur, however, Suman resorted to the abortions as she was more interested in pursuing her career in the US rather than bringing up a family. Later on realizing the conflicting interests of the parties Sudhir filed for divorce.
The Supreme Court after analyzing all evidences cited numerous judicial rulings and held that that the actions of Suman amounted to mental cruelty and her husband was entitled to a decree of divorce. Expectedly, it’s a new ground added to seek divorce under the Hindu Marriages Act