Suspecting and humiliating of Affair amounts to Cruelty

MUMBAI: Observing that making false accusations of infidelity and humiliating a person on the basis of this amounts to cruelty, a family court has granted divorce to a deputy municipal commissioner, whose wife falsely accused him of having an affair with a fellow officer’s wife. The alleged paramour’s husband testified in the petitioner’s favour and said that the woman had damaged his wife’s reputation too by making false allegations.

The court said that the estranged wife’s behaviour-quarrelling, humiliating the man and talking about his alleged affair–caused her husband pain and anguish. “These and various other allegations, coupled with the fact that there is no challenge to the petitioner’s evidence that they have had no sexual intercourse from 2001 until 2009… are sufficiently grave and weighty instances of cruelty committed by the wife towards the petitioner-husband,” the judge said.

The couple married in 1985.Among other allegations, the civic officer said that the now-56-year-old’s wife had concealed the fact that she was five years older and he found out only after a few years of marriage. He further alleged that the woman had “refused to wear a bindi, an auspicious symbol of a married woman” and that she had expressed hatred for his family’s culture. The couple have two grown-up children.

The woman denied the allegations and said there a three-year age difference. She said the man did not treat her well and had not provided her with any money while she and her child were residing with her father.

She also accused her husband of planning a trip to Japan with the other woman.

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But she could not prove the allegations and the husband’s colleague too contradicted her stand on the affair. He testified that his wife was selected by a panel for the post of an office manager and that she had accompanied him for a training programme in Japan where the petitioner was also present.

“The respondent (estranged wife) has failed to prove that there was any illicit relationship between the petitioner and the woman,” the court said.

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