Yes. Very important question and several people ask me about this particular point on several occasions.
Ms. GDK, I, earlier asked you what is meant by DVC case? Is it divorce case or domestic violence case. Please clarify.
Coming to your question, there are certain basic things, which we have to understand:
1. Never, never evidence can go beyond pleadings. Pleadings means that whatever is written in the petition, written statement and rejoinder including the contents of the documents filed before framing the issues. so, please understand that no question shall be asked / shall be allowed to ask beyond the pleadings.
2. Then, to lead the evidence, the affidavit is filed in the name of "evidence by way of affidavit". You filed the affidavit. If the opposite advocate shall not ask any question on any material point in your affidavit, it deemed to be proved. For example, you mentioned his impotence in your affidavit. Further, you may have filed certain documents relating to this aspect. Now, while cross examining you, the opposite advocate does not ask any question relating to imotence, the court takes it that you have proved that particular point. Hence, you check up your petition, rejoinder and affidavit and if you mentioned about his impotence as effectively as you feel now and the opposite party is not asking any question on this point, you feel happy, because this point is proved. Similar is the case in respect of misbehaviour of your in-laws. If you mentioned in your affidavit and if he does not ask the question, it is deemed to have been proved.
3. Now, he is asking several questions about the monetary matters. That means, he might be thinking in terms of divorce and is trying to reduce the permanent alimony by bringing the clear picture before the court. Hence, answer the questions put by him sincerely, honestly and without diverting your mind on other things. At this juncture, I want to give one more advice to you. When he asks a particular question and he asks straight answer, but you feel you need to add some more thing to your answer there is a method. I will give the following example:
Question by advocate: Do you know that your husband does not have even a motor cycle? (he wants to show poor financial condition of the husband). (the advocate further insists you to give answer as "yes or no"). (In fact, he does not have any motor cycle)
Ans: Yes. (Then you have to add:) But he does have Wagaonr car and daily goes to office on his car. (This later part will be recorded as Vounteered by the witness)
I agree with Mr. Arvind that elaborate and unnecessary answers would harm your case.