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

Her plea that she was restrained from wearing jeans and Kurta amounts to cruelty as defined under the Act, the judge held.

By: Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Updated: June 28, 2014 5:54 pm

Objecting to wife wearing Kurta and Jeans and forcing her to wear saree amounts to cruelty inflicted by husband and can be a ground to seek divorce, a family court here has ruled.

The wife pleaded that after marriage in December 2010, her husband did not buy her any clothes and therefore she had purchased Kurta and Jeans from her salary earnings. However, the husband did not allow her to wear them, saying she should wear only sarees.

In her order was 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 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 had asked her to bring Rs one lakh from her house or face dire consequences. They also asked her to quit her job but she had refused to toe their line.

The wife alleged that she was tortured and humiliated as a result of which she suffered mental depression and her life became miserable. She also alleged that her in-laws harassed her on one pretext or the other and warned that if she failed to bring dowry she would face dire consequences.

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 till date she is compelled to stay at her parents house at their mercy as she is now jobless.

The petitioner said that her husband had never made attempts to bring her back home in Ambarnath town of Thane district where the couple lived. On the contrary, he sent vulgar SMS messages to her and her parents on their mobile phones in a bid to harass them and damage their reputation.

The wife said she had lodged a police complaint against her husband who worked in a BPO in suburban Malad and earned Rs 28,000 per month.

“I find that she has made out a case for divorce as contemplated under section 27(1)(d) of Special Marriage Act, which contemplates that a divorce can be granted if respondent has treated the petitioner with cruelty,” the Judge observed.

However, the court, while granting divorce, rejected the wife’s plea for permanent alimony of Rs 10,000 because her application for maintenance is pending in the court. The Judge also asked the husband to pay Rs 5,000 to wife towards cost of litigation.

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    kaizadmistry mistry
    Nov 20, 2016 at 7:56 am
    woman look nice in jeans .90% of indian woman in both urban and rural india like to wear jeans. nowadays in recent years since 2001 i have seen many married woman wearing jeans after having kids. in the year 2003 when i was walking in mumbai i fell into the gutter line where waste water was flowing.when i shouted for help a woman who was wearing jeans who is a mother of 2 children came to my help and helped me to come out of the gutter line which was about 5.5 to 6 feet deep. before 2010 married ladies in big cities wore jeans but nowadays i find them wearing jeans in all parts of india . i remember in the year 2010 only rich cl ladies who become mothers in kerala started wearing jeans and local middle cl and poor cl people especially men started ping comments. burt recently in 2015and 2016 even the middle cl family wives and mothers and labour cl family wives and mothers wear jeans . so whenever society changes there will be a lot of noise but as the next generation grows up ladies who are housewife mothers wearing jeans becomes very normal