Our marriage was an "arranged" inter-religion marriage and was registered under Hindu Special Marriage Act in the local court. Our families met by way of newspaper marriage classified advertisement. I was posted in my wife's hometown and after marriage we continued living in the same place.
After a few days of our marriage, my wife started acting very strangely and used to pick up fights over trivial issues, both with me and with my mother. She started going to her father's place at every chance and stopped speaking with my parents, but expected that all house work and her work including getting her clothes washed and ironed by the maid servant, should be managed by my aged parents.
She concieved in this midst and in theseventh month of the pregnancy, she just called her dad to my house and they packed up everything which was hers and some of our articles and left the house without conversing with anybody. I was in my office at that time and I got to know this on returning home in the evening.
When I called her up on the phone, she coolly told me that staying with me was OK, but with my parents in the same house was not possible, for her. After a few months, I was blessed with a daughter and even then she refused to come to my house. Then the next month, my salary account was completely emptied leaving just Rs.2000. It turned out that my wife had stolen a signed cheque leaf (which I leave in the house, for any emergency) and withdrawn Rs. 240000/- and she boldly declared in the bank - that I had gioven her the cheque to get the money, when questioned by the bank officer.
There are too many such incidents and to cut the story short - the status quo
Now for the past three years she is continuing to stay at her father's house along with my daughter. She knows that we are self-respecting people and we will not go to her father's house to re-invite her, for her refusal will be too much of an insult.
I am lost in this predicament. Please advise what are the options open to me for ,
- Legally convincing her and getting my daughter back with me
- Legally separating from her with least harassment to either of us and getting my daughter back with me.
- Prosecuting her for mental harassment and agony and claiming severe damages from her.
I humbly seek your valued guidance.
A troubled husband and a lost father.