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No divorce for quarrelling couple: court

Asks Duo To Get Over Their Ego, Live Together


Hetal Vyas TNN


Bangalore: ‘Bury your ego and join to continue matrimonial life’ is the golden advice the high court recently gave to a quarrelling couple from Mysore, while refusing to grant them divorce. The wife in this case had sought divorce alleging that her husband was having an affair with another woman, while the husband called the wife ‘egoistic’ and ‘suffering from status syndrome’.
   A division bench of Justices Mohan Shantana Goudar and K Govind Rajulu dismissed an appeal filed by S Mohan (52) challenging a family court order which denied him divorce from his spouse of 18 years, Shyama (46), in 2006. The couple has two children, a 17-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son.
   Mohan had sought divorce from Shyama under Section 13(1) of the Hindu Marriage Act on grounds of cruelty and desertion. He alleged that Shyama left their house and started living with her parents since 2004. He also saidShyama had suspected he was having an affair with another woman and was staying with her.
   Justifying his case for seeking divorce, Mohan contended: “My wife wanted me to be a puppet in her hands. She is dominating and she has conceived the idea of controlling me. In other words, she is highly egoistic and suffers from status syndrome,” he told the court. Shyama, on the other hand, alleged she did not have any respect in the matrimonial house, though she is an educated woman. “My husband used to tease me and often quarrel too,” Shyama contended.
   When Mohan’s appeal came up for hearing in the high court on August 3, Shyama informed the court that despite all the issues between them she’s willing to go back and stay with her husband for the sake of their children.
   Observing that the couple married in 1986 and have lived together for about 18 years before they separated in 2004, and that they have two grown-up children, the court refused to grant them divorce. “We do not find any valid ground to grant divorce, in as much as this is a case of non-adjustable nature for both parties. We are of the firm opinion that if the parties leave their ego, they can join to continue matrimonial life,” the judges observed.
(Names have been changed to protect identity)
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