“Why should husbands made to suffer all the time”: SC refuses to transfer matrimonial dispute

“Why should husbands made to suffer all the time”: SC refuses to transfer matrimonial dispute

Refusing to transfer a matrimonial dispute to the wife’s convenience, a Supreme Court Bench comprising of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice A.K. Sikri, observed, “Estranged wives seeking transfer of cases, filed by husbands, to their places of residence has become the order of the day. We had become too liberal in acceding to their requests. But the husbands also have a right. Why the husbands should be always made to suffer.”

The Court has been rather lenient in acceding to such transfer petitions, at the convenience of the wives, compelling husbands to travel long journeys to attend Court hearings.

In an attempt to change this trend, the Court hence appealed for considering the merits of t5he husband’s plea as well, while deciding such transfer petitions.


In the case before the Court, the wife had sought a transfer of matrimonial dispute from Ghaziabad to Betul as she was a permanent resident of Betul in Madhya Pradesh.