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‘Objecting to wife wearing jeans, kurta is ground for divorce’

Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Posted: June 29, 2014 1:53 am

Objecting to the wife wearing kurta and jeans and forcing her to wear saree amount to cruelty by the husband and can be a ground to seek divorce, a family court here has ruled.

Appearing in court, a woman pleaded that after marriage in December 2010, her husband did not buy her any clothes and she purchased kurta and jeans from her salary. But her husband did not allow her to wear them, saying she should wear only sarees.

In an order passed on June 24, principal judge of family court Dr Laxmi Rao granted divorce to the wife on the ground of cruelty as defined under Section 27(1)(d) of the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

“In view of the averments made in the petition which have gone unchallenged, it can be said that the petitioner has proved her case, hence, she can be granted divorce as prayed by her. Her plea that she was restrained from wearing jeans and kurta amounts to cruelty as defined under the Act,” the judge held.

The wife further alleged that her husband and in-laws asked her to bring Rs 1 lakh from her house or face dire consequences. They also asked her to quit her job.

The wife told the court that on March 15, 2011, she was thrown out of her matrimonial house as she failed to bring the money. Since then, she has been staying at her parents’ house.

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