Jathin Aggarwal 03 June 2022
Shubham Bhardwaj (Advocate) 04 June 2022
Dear Mr Aggarwal,
You are absolutely correct. The situation can get serious. Under law, if wife dies (due to any reason) within 7 years of marriage, a mandatory inquest is launched and presumption is of dowry/cruelty death. In such case, the husband may have to bear a lot of legal trouble or even jail time.
Now the question is that in your circumstances, what should be done and what is the solution. Now, your wife may be threateaing due to 2 reasons (1) she is emotionally attached to you and loves you, (2) she simply wants you to do whatever she wants for obvious selfish reasons.
Now as far as (1) is concerned, I may not be able to help you except saying that try and work it out with her and see if things can be better.
With regard to (2), if you choose to end the relation then you must protect yourself by doing the following:
1. Send a letter (through registered post and keep original receipts) to your in laws with copy to local police station stating that your wife is threatening to commit suicide and is not behaving responsibly and then they should immediately intervene to avoid any unfortunate incident.
2. See what is the reaction from your in laws, wife and local police. Most probably you all will be called in police station to resolve the issue. Take part in discussion when ever called. If the jewellery of your wife is under your control, then hand over the jewellery to her in presence of police/relatives. Do not hide the same.
3. Then hire a good advocate and initiate appropriate proceedings in court of law.
4. Start paying your wife monthly allowance as per your financial capability and keep a record of all payments with proof.
5. Once you file the letter as discussed above, do not indulge in physical relations (even if she tries) with your wife untill this situation is handled.
6. Do not yell or abuse your wife in anger from the day you decide to end the relation. Just be calm and say whatever you want to say in a lower tone. But at the same time be confident.
At this stage this is only what I can suggest because further action would depend on the reaction and circumstances.
Shubham Bhardwaj (Advocate)
District & Session Court, Chandigarh
Punjab & Haryana High Court, at Chandigarh
Disclaimer:- Opinion is only for guidance.
Dr J C Vashista (Advocate) 05 June 2022
Very well analysed, opined and advised by expert Mr. Shubham Bhardwaj, which I concur and appreciate.
Besides this, it is better to sort out disputes amicably, if any.
And you should take your wife for counselling by experts.