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Sanjeev Kuchhal (Publishers)     17 November 2009

Divorce not allowing spouse to watch TV serials

BBC News Tuesday, 17 November 2009


Soap operas prompt India divorce


The couple had daily fights, the court heard an Indian woman was granted a divorce on the grounds that her husband was cruel to stop her watching soap operas.


The judge ruled that "not allowing the spouse to watch TV serials amounted to cruelty" and was grounds for divorce. The husband has lodged an appeal.


The couple had been married for eight years and have a daughter. They began fighting in 2005, the court heard.


Among other complaints, the woman said her husband had insulted her, refused to have s*x with her and spat at her.


The couple's divorce came through in August, but details only emerged when the husband's appeal was heard in the Mumbai (Bombay) High Court on Monday.




The original family court order was issued in the western city of Pune.


"From February 2005, the husband started picking up quarrels with the wife almost every day on the ground that she was seeing Hindi serials on TV channels," Judge MG Kulkarni said.


"The husband was not allowing the wife to see programmes on TV as per her choice."


The woman, an accountant, was granted custody of the couple's six-year-old daughter. Her husband, a software engineer, was granted access of two hours a week.


His lawyer, Amit Karkhane, told the BBC the family court order was "preposterous".


"It's given on very flimsy grounds," he said. "Such an order is detrimental to society. It's not good for the larger interest of society."


Hearing the case on Monday, two high court judges in Mumbai told the couple to seek conciliation. The judges said an agreement to divorce by mutual consent would be in the best interests of everyone, including their daughter.


The next hearing is due on 23 November.



 11 Replies

Anish goyal (Advocate)     17 November 2009

Sorry state of affairs


T.V.Serials are brain washing women. All types of family disputes are showing. Women are learning many types dispute tricks to fight with their husbands.Women and children became TV addicts. Some action may be taken against private TV channals to stop vulgarity, nuicense and showing crime.

I don't agree with Hon'ble Court's verdict. Now a days women are trying to hold their husbands under there grips. Pity may be shown on husband. whole day he works and comes home and his spouse does mental harrasment with TV serials. Hon'ble Court may take all matter into consideration and deliver verdict.

Meenakshi (Lawyer)     17 November 2009


Kamal Grover (Advocate High Court Chandigarh M:09814110005     17 November 2009

Yaar plz suggest the judges from my side that contact the red cross or any other society and gift another TV. both will see thier TV in seprate rooms and no fight.


Good luck


H.D.Kumaravelu (Advocate)     18 November 2009

Matrimonial matter are very delicate. We should not blame one side. SInce the matter is subjudice we have to wait and see the result of appeal. In the meantime as advised by the Hon'ble Judges councilation is the best option for the couples. They can  subjected themselves to a best councilation for setting at rest thier difference of opinion . One thing both should keep in mind is their six year old daughter's future

Suchitra. S (Advocate)     18 November 2009

IF not allowing wife to watch tv serial amounts to cruelty,  not doing her duties of a  wife and sittting infront of Tv all the time amounts to......  ?  :)

Kamal Grover (Advocate High Court Chandigarh M:09814110005     18 November 2009



very well said suchitra ji. The other side of coin should also be there.

Vikas Dharmendra (Consultant)     19 November 2009

I don't know how such kind of cases comes because of funny reasons, husband lawyer have not seen the other side of coin as suchitra  said.  is watching TV so mucah necessary than each other wish and affections??

Hardik Mehta (Family Counsellor)     24 November 2009

This is totally biased judgement since the divorce is granted on any grounds if filed by the wife, but if the divorce is to be granted for the husband, then all the aspects comes into place. There will be hundreds of cruelty acts, including filing of false 498a and sending the husband and family to jail, by the wife on the husband, and still the court will feel that this is not the act of cruelty.

Anish goyal (Advocate)     24 November 2009

I think reading the whole judgement will provide us the actual facts.

N.K.Assumi (Advocate)     08 December 2009

Suchitra has spoken in volume in few lines.

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