Madras High Court Says On Removal Of Mangalsutra By Wife Mental Cruelty Know Why And How
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The Madras High Court has held that removal of a ‘thali’ (mangalsutra) by a estranged wife would amount to mental cruelty on the part of the husband. Making this observation, the court allowed the divorce application of the husband.
Justice VM Velumani and Justice S. A division bench of Saunther made the observation while allowing the appeal of C. Shivakumar, who was working as a professor in a medical college in Erode. He had sought quashing of the June 15, 2016 order of the local family court, seeking divorce. was refused to give.
When the woman was questioned, she admitted that at the time of separation, she had removed the chain of her plate (the sacred chain worn by the woman as a symbol of marriage). However, the woman clarified that she had only removed the chain and kept the plate.
The woman’s counsel, citing Section 7 of the Hindu Marriage Act, said that wearing of thali is not necessary and hence removing it by the wife will not affect the marital relationship.