The Supreme Court has urged sparring couples to make sincere efforts to reconcile their differences in the interest of their children, who need love and affection from both mother and father.
Adjudicating a custody case filed by a mother, a bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Abhay Manohar Sapre pointed out that parents must realise that they are responsible for bringing the child into this world and the child would certainly crave for their protection and care.
It underlined that attempts to poison the child against each other when the parents are caught in marital discord leaves an indubitable impression on his or her tender mind and that it harms the child.
The bench was hearing an appeal by a woman who wanted custody of her daughter from her estranged husband. The court sent the case to a family court in Delhi to decide the matter within six months while keeping in mind the welfare of the child. It allowed visitation rights to the mother till the matter is decided by the family court.
After interacting with the girl on two occasions, the bench noticed that “unfortunately”, the parents tried to influence her against each other.
It asked the couple to cooperate with each other for the sake of their child’s welfare and not take advantage of the temporary custody of the child for swaying “her innocent mind by tutoring her and create hatred against others for their personal interest.”