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Posted: 3/21/2006 5:30:15 PM EDT
Sexual abstinence ground for divorce: SC

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Press Trust of India
Posted online: Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 1803 hours IST
Updated: Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 1807 hours IST

New Delhi, March 21: The Supreme Court on Tuesday held that indifference and frigidity towards wife and sexual abstinence constitute mental cruelty and could be valid grounds for divorce.



“The general rule in all questions of cruelty is that the whole matrimonial relations must be considered, that rule is of special value when the cruelty consists of not violent acts but of injurious reproaches, complains, accusations or taunts. It may be mental such as indifference and frigidity towards wife, denial of a company to her, hatred and abhorrence for wife or physical, like acts of violence and abstinence from sexual intercourse without reasonable cause,” a Bench of Justice Ruma Pal and Justice A R Lakshmanan said.

The verdict came on a petition by a woman seeking divorce on grounds of mental and physical cruelty and insanity.

Among the grounds, it was contended that non-consummation of the marriage itself would constitute mental cruelty to a married woman.

The court said ‘mental disorder’ under Section 13(1)(III) of the Hindu Marriage Act, as a ground of divorce is only where it is of such a kind and degree that the parties cannot reasonably be expected to live together.

“Where the parties are young and the mental disorder is of such a type that sexual act and procreation of children is not possible it may furnish a good ground for nullifying the marriage because to beget children from a Hindu wedlock is one of the principal aim of Hindu marriage where sanskar of marriage is advised for progeny and offspring,” Justice A R Lashmanan, writing the judgement for the Bench, said.

The woman, who was married in 1993, had sought divorce a year after her wedding alleging that her husband was suffering from schizophrenia and was incapable of performing his matrimonial obligations.

She had submitted that her marriage lasted only for five months and that from the first day itself her mother-in-law treated her cruelly, both mentally and physically, because of her husband’s mental disorder.

The lower court and Delhi High Court had dismissed her petition holding that her husband was not suffering from schizophrenia and that there was insufficient material on record to establish the cause of cruelty. The courts had held that the incidents of cruelty were not as grave so as to be included within the scope of concept of cruelty.

Setting aside the verdict of trial court and High Court, the Bench said, “the trial court failed to appreciate the uncontroverted evidence of the appellant (woman) who had proved the case on every count. It has been established beyond doubt by the doctors who had deposed as witnesses and brought original medical record of the respondent (husband) that he is suffering from mental disorder”.

Holding that grant of divorce on the plea of mental insanity and mental disorder is different than cruelty, the Bench said, “the appellant (woman), in our view, had proved beyond doubt that the respondent (husband) suffered from mental disorder and that the appellant suffered cruelty by and at the behest of the husband”.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 5:31:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/21/2006 5:31:28 PM EDT by FieroLoki]
Sounds good to me..

Sex isnt everything in a relationship, but damn, it IS important
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 5:33:46 PM EDT
it's actually grounds for annulment in the catholic church as well. if you are unable to perform the marital deed and procreate, it is grounds to dissolve the marriage
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 5:40:07 PM EDT
Grounds for divorce in the US.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 5:48:21 PM EDT
PI(E) - the univeral common denominator!
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 5:49:40 PM EDT
Denial of Affection
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 5:54:21 PM EDT
India is way ahead of the curve.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 7:09:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Silesius:
India is way ahead of the curve.



yah we need that as an at fault cause lol
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 7:13:08 PM EDT
Must not be very good at it then. She gets to divorce you
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 7:14:13 PM EDT
hrmmm...
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