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Court Says False Allegation Of Impotency “Cruelty”, Upholds Divorce Order

The excessive courtroom verdict got here whereas dismissing the lady’s enchantment towards a trial courtroom order.

New Delhi:

Levelling false allegation of impotency towards a associate quantities to cruelty, the Delhi High Court mentioned whereas upholding the divorce granted to a person, whose spouse had claimed that he was incapable of sexual activity.

The excessive courtroom agreed with the submission of the husband’s counsel that the allegations levelled within the written assertion filed by the spouse had been “grave and serious”, and more likely to affect the person’s self-image and adversely have an effect on his psychological wellbeing.

“Thus, having regard to the law on the subject, we find no infirmity in the findings and observations of the trial court that the allegation of the appellant (wife) in the written statement with respect to the impotency clearly falls within the concept of cruelty as defined under law,” a bench of Justice Manmohan and Justice Sanjeev Narula mentioned.

The excessive courtroom verdict got here whereas dismissing the lady’s enchantment towards a trial courtroom order granting the husband’s petition for grant of divorce below the Hindu Marriage Act.

The couple had bought married in June, 2012 in Delhi. While it was a primary marriage for the lady, the person was a divorcee.

In the plea, the person had sought to declare the wedding null and void on the bottom that it couldn’t be consummated as a result of lady’s alleged impotency and that his consent was obtained by concealing a number of materials information associated to her psychological disposition. Had he identified them, he wouldn’t have consented for the wedding, it mentioned.

The lady, in her response, in flip alleged that the person was affected by impotency (erectile dysfunction) which was the true reason for non-consummation of marriage, his mother and father had been quarrelsome, they demanded dowry and she or he was cruelly handled and even badly thrashed by the person in entrance of his mother and father.

Before the excessive courtroom, the lady sought to put aside the trial courtroom’s order granting divorce decree and likewise prayed for restitution of conjugal rights, saying she was prepared to save lots of matrimonial alliance.


The excessive courtroom mentioned the lady’s allegation was rejected by the trial courtroom on the idea of the testimony of an skilled witness who after bodily inspecting the person had discovered that he was not impotent.

It mentioned psychological cruelty is primarily contextual, pertaining to human behaviour or conduct with respect to matrimonial duties and obligations and it’s important to see whether or not the conduct of the social gathering is of such a nature, {that a} cheap individual would neither tolerate the identical, nor be fairly anticipated to reside with the opposite social gathering.

The excessive courtroom famous that the lady had been reinforcing the allegation of impotency all through the litigation and these false accusations which couldn’t be proved are certain to trigger deep harm and anguish to the person, who can fairly apprehend that it could be perilous for him to reside together with her.

“It is also abundantly clear that due to the mental pain, agony and suffering caused by the false accusations, the respondent (man) cannot be asked to put up with the conduct of the appellant (woman) and to continue to live with her,” the excessive courtroom mentioned, including there was an irretrievable breakdown of the wedding.

It additionally mentioned that no social gathering may be excused of recklessness in allegations made earlier than the courtroom of regulation and the implications of false assertions need to observe.

Allowing an individual to get away with the implications of false allegations, or treating them as trivial, wouldn’t advance the reason for justice, it mentioned.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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