The Hush Post: A woman cannot have the right to stay at the property of her in-laws if she mistreats them, the Delhi High Court said while dismissing the plea of a woman who allegedly subjected her in-laws to cruelty and torture.
The Delhi Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (Amendment) Rules, 2016, had entitled a senior citizen to seek eviction of his son, daughter or his legal heirs on account of ill-treatment but excluded the daughter-in-law.
According to a news report in The Hindustan Times, Justice Vibhu Bhakru said that excluding the daughter-in-law from the rules would “debilitate” provisions of the rules and render it incapable to serve the object of safeguarding the rights of senior citizens.
“It is difficult to accept that although a senior citizen is entitled to evict his/her son who is maltreating him, he/she has no option but to suffer the ill-treatment at the hands of his/her daughter-in-law,” the court said in its 11-page judgment.
The court dismissed the plea of a woman, Darshna, who had challenged the order of a district magistrate who had directed her to vacate the first floor of the house of her in-laws she had occupied.
Darshna and her husband had a marital dispute, Darshna also had uncordial relations with her 75-year-old father-in-law Dhani Ram and his wife. While she had instituted domestic violence proceedings against the in-laws, her husband had filed a divorce case against her.
The in-laws had contended that Darshna misbehaved with them and had subjected them to physical violence. They claimed they were compelled to lock themselves in a room. They furnished medical records to claim that they had been physically assaulted. Dhani Ram also produced CCTV recordings which showed Darshna assaulting him and his wife.
The court dismissed the daughter-in-law’s plea of letting her live in the first floor of their house but said she would be entitled to the reasonable maintenance.