Tamil Nadu

Wife’s barbs on looks ground for divorce: HC

Upholds family court decree

The Madras High Court Bench here has confirmed a decree of divorce passed by a family court, terminating the marriage between a couple on the ground of causing mental cruelty, since the wife was in the habit of making critical remarks regarding her husband’s physical appearance and used to comment that he looked like a woman.

Dismissing an appeal preferred by the wife challenging the decree, a Division Bench of Justices T.S. Sivagnanam and P. Velmurugan confirmed a decree passed by the Tirunelveli Family Court on December 28 last, granting divorce to the Christian couple, who had solemnised their marriage in a church on October 3, 2014.

The judges pointed out that the husband had claimed to have borne the entire expenditure of the marriage by availing of a loan for ₹12 lakh.

He had also claimed that the jewellery, including the gold thali, were purchased by him.

However, after marriage, he was humiliated by his wife, who often made fun of his appearance.

In his application for divorce before the family court, he also accused his wife of adultery and produced certain “obnoxious” text messages and photographs that had been shared by her, from her mobile phone, with a male school teacher.

Since the husband had sought divorce on the grounds of cruelty as well as adultery, he had included the teacher also as one of the respondents to the divorce application.

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