Reinforcing the fact that torture isn't just limited to men, a South Mumbai businessman has been granted divorce from his wife of 10 years due to her 'cruelty.'
According to him, she would hit his cancer-stricken mother regularly, and had falsely slapped dowry case on him and molestation case on his brother.
For his ordeal, the court also ordered her to pay him Rs.50,000.
His nightmare started just a year after getting married
The couple got married in 2006 and started living in Nariman point with his family.
The torture started a year later, when she slapped him and assaulted his mother.
Not satisfied with that, she also filed a dowry harassment case against him and his family in November 2007.
Subsequently, he and his father were questioned for six hours, but were given relief.
'Harassment tarnishing his family's image can be called cruelty'
The HC said the man, in his decade-old marriage, has endured harassment that has tarnished his family's image, and that is cruelty under the Hindu Marriage Act.
The HC struck down the family court's order that had asked him to pay her Rs. 15,000 as maintenance, but retained the order whereby he has to pay for his son's maintenance, who lives with his wife.
'How could brother-in-law molest her when he wasn't even there?'
The HC bench said instead of looking at the whole case, the family court wrongly examined each incident.
Citing the case when the man's medical-practitioner brother was accused of sending goons to molest her, the HC said it was a pointless FIR as at the time of the alleged incident, he was in court applying for anticipatory bail in another case filed by her.