Wife deserts husband and stays live-in with lover….but HC finds fault with husband and the live-in person!!! Great Indian Judicial System
AHMEDABAD: The drama in real life can far surpass the reel life, as a case involving a city-based coupled heard in the Gujart high court shows. The dark details of metro life emerged when the husband, Ramesh Christian, filed a habeas corpus petition in the high court to get his wife back. Ramesh and Ramila were married for two years, but of late, the wife was not living with him.
However, when she appeared, Ramesh refused to live with her again saying that he was a Roman Catholic and she a protestant. The court did not buy the argument and probed further into the case. It turned out that the couple had a love marriage and their relationship went back to college. But Ramila had a live-in relationship with a student Nirajgiri Goswami in Rajkot.
Ramesh’s petition said he feared that she was intimate with the boy. In the court, even Ramila refused to go back to Ramesh saying her in-laws ill-treated her and so she had gone to her parents’ place in Maninagar. She told the court that Goswami forced her into a relationship and took her to Rajkot, proclaiming himself her ‘boyfriend’.
Ramila told the court that Goswami did not allow her to contact anybody. It was only after Goswami received court notice, that she managed to escape and attended the proceeding. On the other hand, Goswami told the court that Ramila and he were in a live-in relationship with her consent. Ramila countered him saying Goswami had forced her to sign a maitri karaar (friendship contract) and said even the signature on this contract was not correct and produced a photocopy for verification.
The judges verified her original signature with the one on the document, and concluded that they were different. In the end, the court found that the petition was not genuine and imposed penalty of Rs 25,000 on the husband, and the amount was ordered to be paid to his wife. The court also observed that the woman should have lodged complaint against the self-proclaimed boyfriend, Goswami for various offences. The police authorities have been asked to take appropriate steps to protect the interest of the woman and to book the ‘boyfriend’.