Hi, I have been married to a guy and got our marriage registered legally in Mumbai, India. It has been about 13 months of our marriage and I am carry his baby and expected to deliver in next 2 months.
The issue I face is that I am constantly being harassed, absued and made to feel worthless by my mother-in-law. She constantly nags me for petty things, doesnt allow me to have proper nutrition, treats me like a domestic help and insults me infront of the family. Initially my father-in-law and husband told me its misunderstanding and nothing more but our conflicts grew day by day and she treats women and me so differently. She things men are superior and wifes are just burden. I was shoked to hear that being a women how could she speak & think like that. I was in for a shock..a rude shock. I discussed this with my husband and he says she is like that and nothing can be changed about her now .. you have to adjust the way we all have.. Even my father-in-law doesnt reply back to her even if she scolds him and uses foul language.
I then spoke about these things with my parents. When my parents confronted my in laws they first denied all those allegations of mistreatment, abuse & harassment which was a torchure for me. Later they gave assurance that I will be looked after well and no complaint would come.. few days pass by again the same things started by my mother-in-law and she was mentally harassing me..It was draining my energy and becoming mentally weak.
I asked my parents to help me and they spoke with our relatives and their relatives for a solution. After that meeting, it was again assured that things would be normal and they would be no complaint form her.. Few days passed by and my mother-in-law started again.. I am pregnant and about to deliver baby in next 2 months, I am physically drained and mentally torchured and not sure what to do.
My husband doesnt want to leave his mom (mother-in-law) and stay seperate. I do not have any issues as such with my husband but I cannot stand my mother-in-law.
Can I press charges against my mother-in-law? How do I gather proof of her harassment? Should I approach women forum or mahila mandal who can speak to my mother-in-law or file a police case under family law?
I do not know if I do this, what step my husband would take, he make look for seperation as well and I need to think from that perspective as well. Being a housewife and just a BCom graduate, I need to take care of myself and my future kid. I plan to return to my parents if it comes to divorce and in that scenario, can I seek for compensation/maintainence for myself and my kid.
Can I file the police complaint and lodge a case in Bangalore court (my home town) though I currently live in Mumbai and registered my marriage there?
Please guide me here.. I am totally petrified even with the slighest sight of my mother-in-law and need to live my life peacefully.
Thanks in anticipation.