1)if husband so desires he can appoint POA to represent him and file affidavit on his behalf agreeing for divorce by mutual consent
2)Section 21 of the Hindu Marriage Act provides that as far as may be, the proceedings under the Act are to be regulated by the CPC. Order 3 of CPC provides for appearance of the parties through the recognised agent or a pleader. The recognised agent may be a person holding power of attorney authorising him to make and do such appearances, applications and acts on behalf of such parties.
3)Delhi High Court in Neelima Chopra's case (supra), while referring to the provisions of Section 13-B of the Act and considering the issue of appearance of attorney in such cases, opined as under:-
"As I read it, if the conditions mentioned in Section 13-B are satisfied then the Court has no option but to grant a decree of divorce. It is no doubt true that sub-section (2) of section 13-B FAO No. M-40 of 2010 -4-
requires the Court being satisfied "after hearing the parties and after making such inquiry as it thinks fit". What is the satisfaction which is to be arrived at by the courts is provided by the said provision itself. The satisfaction which has to be arrived at by the court has to be that firstly a marriage had been solemnised and secondly that the averments in the petition are true. For arriving at such a satisfaction, I fail to understand the need for the parties to appear in person. In order to arrive at this satisfaction it is open to the parties to file affidavits or authorise someone to make statement testifying to the correctness of the contents of the petition. In both the parties, by way of affidavits or through counsel, state that they were married, and are able to produce proof of the marriage, and that they have been living separately and have not been able to live together for the prescribed period, then I see no reason as to why the court should not record its satisfaction as envisaged by Section 13-B (2) and to pass a decree for divorce thereon.