Monday, March 22, 2010

No definition for mental cruelty: HC

'No definition for mental cruelty'

T S Sekaran First Published: 21 Mar 2010 02:43:00 AM IST

CHENNAI: An action can be said to cause mental `cruelty' only when the conduct of a party in a marriage should be so dangerous that a spouse is unable to live with the other, the Madras High Court has ruled.

A division bench comprising Justice R Banumathi and Justice MM Sundresh, which gave the ruling recently, however, held that it was not the isolated incident which was relevant but the whole matrimonial life would have to be considered.

The bench also directed the husband to pay Rs. 1 lakh to the petitioner for having married another woman before the expiry of the last date stipulated in the rules and attempted to prevent the woman from getting the decree of the family court reversed by depriving her statutory right of an appeal.

"A marriage is a meeting and union of two minds.

There will always be difference between two persons who come from different backgrounds having different behaviours, thoughts, attitudes, conduct and values.

These factors are determined by the environment in which a person is brought up. Therefore, mere bickerings in a marital life cannot be a ground for cruelty. In order to make out cruelty, the intensity and gravity of one's action will have to be seen,'' the bench said,allowing an appeal from a woman challenging the orders of a Family Court granting divorce to her husband.

The man and the woman got married on August 28, 1999. A male child was born to them on August 29, 2000.

Alleging that his wife deserted the house and thereby caused mental cruelty, he moved a Family Court, which on July 23, 2004, granted the divorce. Hence, the present appeal from the woman challenging the divorce order.

Allowing the appeal, the bench observed that to consider mental cruelty, the social status of the parties, their customs and traditions, educational level and the environment in which they had been living would have to be looked into. The court would have to draw inference and decide on the basis of the probabilities of the case having regard to the effect on the mind of either of the spouses, the Bench said.

The bench added that ``there cannot be any specific definition for mental cruelty. It cannot be put in a straitjacket formula. The concept of mental cruelty cannot remain static.

Therefore, no uniform standard can be laid down and courts will have to be prudent and have a practical approach in adjudicating a case based upon its own facts. A sustained course of abusive and humiliating treatment rendering the life of a spouse unbearable is one of the factum to decide mental cruelty. However, mere trivial irritations, quarrels, normal wear and tear of the married life would not amount to mental cruelty,'' the Bench further said and set aside the divorce decree granted by the lower court to the husband.

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Mere bickering among couples not cruelty: HC

A Subramani, TNN, Mar 21, 2010, 03.51 am IST

CHENNAI: What constitutes cruelty, which is grave enough to be a ground for divorce? And, can a person who has obtained divorce remarry even before the expiry of the appeal period?

Settling the two crucial questions of law, the Madras High Court has ruled that mere bickerings between the spouses and isolated incidents would not amount to cruelty, and that second marriage of a person even before the end of the appeal period of 30 days was illegal and unauthorised.

A judgment to this effect was delivered by a division bench comprising justices R Banumathi and M M Sundresh, on a civil miscellaneous appeal filed by a woman whose husband had succeeded in a divorce proceeding and then entered into a second marriage even though the first wife's appeal period was still alive.

The marriage of Laxmi and Raman (both names changed) was solemnised in August 1999. Three months earlier, Laxmi's brother and Raman's sister had got married. Owing to marital discord in his sister's life, Raman filed for divorce, just a month after Laxmi's father died and seven months after she had delivered a baby boy.

Among other things, he alleged that she had deserted him and left the marital home on her own, which amounted to mental cruelty. She also threatened to commit suicide, he said, adding that it too amounted to cruelty.

The additional family court had granted divorce on the ground of cruelty on July 23, 2004. A copy of the order was made ready on August 19, 2004. While Laxmi preferred to appeal, her husband married another woman on October 31, 2004.

Flaying the remarriage and describing it as a malafide act aimed at denying Laxmi her statutory right of appeal, the division bench said: "It is clear that the appeal was filed within the period of 30 days as provided under Section 19 of the Family Courts Act 1984. When the alleged (second) marriage was conducted on October 31, the appeal was already presented...We are of the view that the second marriage is per se illegal and unauthorised."

Citing a Supreme Court ruling in a similar case and the imposition of Rs 5 lakh fine of a person who had remarried before the expiry of the appeal period, the bench said: "The conduct of Raman is clearly unacceptable and it was an attempt to prevent Laxmi from getting the decree of the trial court reversed, by depriving her statutory right of an appeal." The judges then set aside the family court order, and also directed the husband to pay Rs 1 lakh to Laxmi.

As for the cruelty aspect of the family court order, the bench said the trial court had commited a grave error, as divorce could not be granted on the ground of desertion. Noting that the term cruelty had not been defined in the Hindu Marriage Act 1955 and that it could not be put in a straight-jacket formula, the judges said courts have to be prudent and practical while adjudicating such cases.

"Mere trivial irritations, quarrels, normal wear and tear of the married life would not amount to mental cruelty...(Cruelty is) the conduct of a party be so dangerous that a spouse is unable to live with the other," they said.

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