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Roshni B.. (For justice and dignity)     01 March 2011

Man's drunken behaviour can drive wife to suicide: Bombay HC

Man's drunken behaviour can drive wife to suicide: HC


MUMBAI: Consuming alcohol and then abusing and beating one's wife amounts to cruelty and could drive her to suicide, the Bombay high court has ruled. Justice J H Bhatia dismissed an appeal by Pune-based Ibrahim Nabi Sayyed, convicted in 1993 after his second wife Farida immolated herself, and directed him to surrender to the police and undergo three years' rigorous imprisonment.

"The accused used to willfully consume alcohol and used to abuse and beat his wife regularly. Such conduct was likely to drive the wife to commit suicide and, therefore, he is guilty of subjecting his wife to cruelty," said the judge. Ibrahim was convicted by a sessions court in 1992 under Sections 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of IPC.

The prosecution established that Ibrahim was addicted to liquor and used to beat his first wife under the influence. He continued even after his second marriage and treated Farida with such cruelty that she committed suicide three and a half years after marriage.

"If it is shown that a woman had committed suicide within seven years of marriage and that her husband or relative of her husband had subjected her to cruelty, the court may presume, having regard to all the circumstances of the case, that suicide had been abetted by her husband or by such relative of her husband," said the judgment.

Farida died of 100% burn injuries on September 1, 1991. Ibrahim had argued that Farida was injured in a fire which broke out at their residence following a short circuit. The court refused to buy the theory as the police had found a can of kerosene and match stick near Farida's body. The couple had two children.

The court also took on record evidence given by Ibrahim's first wife, who said she too was regularly beaten up by him before he drove her out of their matrimonial house and divorced her.


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I can't understand how man's drinking is related to wife suicide.

What about those husbands who are non-drunker and still abuses their wives and drive them to suicide..........

and what about those husbands who are drunker but doesn't abuse their wives.


Majority of men are addicters......some are drunker, some are chain smoker, some chew tobacco, some take drugs..............but still all addicters are not abusers.


A man with sick mentality will always abuse her wife whether he is drunk or not.








V. VASUDEVAN (LEGAL COUNSEL)     01 March 2011

Thanks for posting this Judgement. Cruelty in any form should be forbidden. 

Roshni B.. (For justice and dignity)     01 March 2011

welcome vasudevan jee


@ RR


yes u r right.


i guess this judgement says that in cases where the drunk man abuses his wife after drinking.

1 example is: in slum areas,men usually take away their wives' earnings that they must have earned by working as maids,labourers etc.they use that money to buy cheap alcohol,consume it and hit her when she objects in giving more money for more drinks.


even if man is not drunk but abusive, there are provisions of laws like DV Act


When we look  to the history ,it seems that Men drunk  from the past and till this date( this is common problem) ,many couple ruin as because of this.This is another example.

I think the wife cant bare the actual  life situation  or maintain the life as because of this reason,

Anyway ,Dava is like girlfriend that comes with expiry date.
Daru is like WIFE, jitni PURANI hogi UTNA sir CHAD ke bolegi


"Excessive Drinking Is Ruining Your Life and wife

Sarvesh Kumar Sharma Advocate (Advocacy)     01 March 2011

good dicision by Hon'ble Highcourt.

Jamai Of Law (propra)     01 March 2011

After reading the whole story on timesofindia...I feel that he should have been aquitted!!!



Appeal got disposed after 17 years!!...........last 17 years this guy must have enjoyed his life with probably third or fourt wife!! And on top of it there is punishment of 3 yrs RI (too harsh!!)



If a person resorts to self immolation due to drinking problem of another person.........what a person should do if he subjected to trial for 17 years???



There is no-easy-bail provision over a mere complaint under 498a ..... But a 498a CONVICT can roam around freely in the disguise of appeal for 17 years!!!...WOW



@ Roshni-

Men in slum areas who beat their wives and take their money are ZAAHIL.......





If government want to solve this issue permanently then why don't they simply ban alcohol completely.




NAA rahega baas na bajegi basuri........


Koi sharab pine ke liye America to nahi jayega na!!!!!!!!!!


But they will not do it because government earn a heavy tax from alcohol or cigarettes.

If alcohol will be banned then upcoming genration will never come to know what is alcohol or cigarettes and lots of family will be saved from alcohol automatically.


So government itself does not want the welfare of public.


Roshni B.. (For justice and dignity)     01 March 2011

very well said RR


i cant believe that a person of ur generation thinks so highly!


because youngsters will oppose so much if alcohol is banned


ADV Rajesh KASRIJA (ADVOCATE)     02 March 2011

thanks for discussion

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