Assaulting wife and her parents and creating nuisance at her workplace, under the influence of liquor, amounts to cruelty, the Chhattisgarh High Court has held.
In the instant case, a trial court had granted divorce to a woman who had approached it seeking divorce on the ground of cruelty on account of assault by her husband in a state of intoxication. The husband preferred an appeal before the high court.
Dismissing the appeal filed by the man against the divorce decree, the High Court observed: “The evidence is, thus, cogent and reliable to prove that the husband was ill-treating his wife in a state of intoxication and was also going to her workplace, which resulted in immense social humiliation apart from husband assaulting the wife inside the house. The conduct of the husband had made the life of the wife miserable and she apprehended danger to her life and the future of her son.”
Upholding the trial court order granting divorce, the court observed: “In the considered opinion of this court, assaulting the wife in a state of intoxication and creating nuisance at her workplace would amount to cruelty for obtaining decree of divorce; therefore, the trial court has not committed any illegality in granting decree of divorce in favour of the respondent-wife.”
Read the Judgment here.