Supreme Court dissolves ‘emotionally dead’ two-decade old Marriage

Alka Verma-

Published on: September 15, 2021 at 13:24 IST

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of India dissolved a two-decade old marriage and stated it to be ‘emotionally dead’.

A Bench comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao and B. R. Gavai stated,The marriage between the parties is emotionally dead and there is no point in persuading them to live together any more. Therefore, this is a fit case for exercise of jurisdiction under Article 142 of the Constitution of India. The marriage between the parties is dissolved.

The Court also asked the husband to pay a sum of Rs. 25 lakhs as Alimony within 8 weeks.

“The petition filed by the respondent under Section 125 CrPC for Maintenance shall be withdrawn by the respondent on receipt of the amount of Rs 25 lakh. The payment of the aforesaid amount is in full and final settlement of all claims of the respondent against the appellant,” stated the Court.

The plea was filed by the husband. The wife was not agreeing on the point of separating from each other.

The Court noted that the husband and the wife were living separately from last 16 years and all the social, emotional, and physical purpose of marriage had ended.

The Amicus Curiae of Court spoked to wife several times but she was never convinced to end this marriage. Although she accused her husband of Adultery.

The wife also accused her husband of excessive consumption of alcohol and stated that because of these reasons she left her in-laws house.

On the other hand, the husband who is a police officer also accused his wife of Adultery and betrayal.

Earlier, the Trial Court and the High Court denied the husband’s plea stating that he was not able to prove the charges of Adultery against the wife.

The marriage between the two took place in 1997, and was registered under the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

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