Taunting wife by calling her “kali kaluti” a ground for divorce against husband, rules Punjab and Haryana High Court

Taunting wife by saying “kali kaluti” a ground to get divorce from husband
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The Hush Post: Taunting his wife by calling her “kali kaluti” became a ground for divorce against a man as the woman got the decree of divorce from her husband on this ground.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court came to the rescue of a woman from Mahendergarh district of Haryana by passing a decree of divorce in her favour and against her husband on the ground of maltreatment and cruelty, a report said.

The High Court accepted woman’s plea that she was compelled to live away from her husband because he used to taunt her about the complexion of her skin colour in front of others and used to maltreat her for not cooking food for him.

“Wife has been able to establish that she was maltreated and treated shabbily as a result of which she was compelled to stay away from the matrimonial home,” the High Court ruled in its verdict passed recently. “The evidence produced on record is held to be good enough to arrive at a conclusion that the appellant was treated with mental and physical cruelty,” the High Court observed.

A High Court Division Bench comprising Justice MM S Bedi and Justice Gurvinder Singh Gill passed the orders allowing the divorce and setting aside the verdict of the family court in Mahendergarh district, which had dismissed the wife’s petition.

The woman’s lawyer, JP Sharma, argued in the court that her husband had been maltreating the woman from the beginning of the marriage. “Appellant was insulted by calling her ‘kali kaluti’ and was being taunted for not preparing the food. In November 2012, she had to return to her parents’ house. The father of the appellant had asked the husband and his family members to reconcile the matter but they threatened to get a second marriage of their son solemnized,” her lawyer had argued in the court.

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