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Shree. ( Advocate.)     30 May 2009

Wife is always right, says Supreme Court!!!!

Wife is always right, says Supreme Court!!!!
Husbands Advised To Never Question Their Authority
Husbands wanting to lead a happy married life can rely on some useful tips given by the Supreme Court, the most important being: “Do what the wife tells you and never question her authority.”
The words of wisdom came from two ‘Bhuktbhogi’ judges — Justices Markandey Katju and Deepak Verma — during the inconclusive hearing of a 17-year-old divorce litigation between a serving Lieutenant Colonel and his wife.
The vacation Bench comprising these two judges asked the counsel whether there was any scope of compromise between the two and both in unison gave different reasons to say that there was no possibility for a happy ending to their dispute.
The wife’s counsel said that the Rs 10 lakh offered by the husband for complete settlement of the dispute and divorce was too little as it was not easy to bring up a teenaged daughter. She was married in 1991 and was allegedly thrown out of the house in 1992 after which he had moved the court for divorce.
While the trial court dismissed his divorce plea, the HC had allowed judicial separation. But on her appeal against this order, a division Bench of the HC had granted divorce to him. Terming this order as erroneous, she had moved the apex court.
The husband had an altogether different story to tell. She had filed several criminal cases against him that included charges like — ‘he takes bath like a dog’ and ‘he commits sodomy’. The counsel said he had fought the cases for over 17 years and had been exonerated of all charges. “He has been ruined financially and professionally, but still wanted to settle by giving Rs 10 lakh to her for a divorce,” he added.
Justice Katju, while adjourning hearing on the case, decided that it was time for the husband to get a few tips from him about how to lead a happy married life.
“You should always agree with her. When you agree to what she says, you will always remain happy. If she tells you to look this way, do that. And if she tells you the next moment to look the other way, again do that,” Justice Katju said much to the amusement of the lawyers who were waiting their turn to argue their case before the vacation Bench.
And to convince them about the usefulness of his advice, Justice Katju said: “We are talking from experience (Hum sab bhuktbhogi hain).”
Source:- The Times of India 20 May 2008 P.18 Delhi


 9 Replies

Swami Sadashiva Brahmendra Sar (Nil)     30 May 2009

is above statement of judges on record ?

later on the CJI clarified in a function at Chandigarh that above statement is personal view of judge and not the verdict of court..

Pls also see, "Realist theory" thread at this forum which I had posted on the day when above news was published.

N.K.Assumi (Advocate)     30 May 2009

Shree, thank you for posting this amusing version of the Apex Court.

B.B.R.Goud. ( Faculty)     30 May 2009

Shree, thank you for posting this alert version of the Apex Court...thank you very much


It is most unfortunate that our judges, especially supreme court judges have been commenting on each and every thing under the Sun.  They may be experts in law, legal interepretations of  statutes, they have super expert talents in any one or some particular branches of the law, undoubtedly they are omnipotent but they are not omniscient (knownledge on every thing).  They must be discreet while passing remarks in the courts on the issues which have social bearings.

In India, from centuries woman's position is vulnerable.  In modern times, she is more and more projected as a "s*xual object".  Stringent rape laws are not providing any relief to the vulnerable women.  Just 16 kms. away from the Supreme Court, 60 days back, 18  year M.B.A. girl student has been gang raped by about 12 village neo-rich boys and the elders of the village defended their boys by saying it is a mere "rape", as if it were nothing serious.  One old lady from the same village commented that the  city girl has been taught proper lesson by village boys.  Honour killings are rampant in and around Delhi.  The capital city, where S.C. is sitting has become notorious as "rape city".  The city civil courts are entertaining the applications of rape victims that they would marry the accused and they would withdraw the charges.

This is only a portion of the story of "indian woman".  How disheartening to hear such comments for their lordships in Supreme Court about women.  It is better for them to write bollywood scripts for comedy films portraying the woman as wamp and the man as innocent victim.

Swami Sadashiva Brahmendra Sar (Nil)     31 May 2009

there is force in mr prabhakar's statements.

aatma   31 May 2009

Courts are no more work as protection centers to give justice and protect innocent people - that's why still "innocent indian women"  are abused by the society for "centuries" (Read with Mr. Prabhakar's message second paragraph)

After all courts are just another "typical indian government office" -  don't be surprised to hear such comments from the SC (read with Mr. Prabhakar's first paragraph).


R. K. Shukla (Lawyer)     31 May 2009

Thanks for the info. and guidelines.

Rekha..... ( Practicing lawyer(B.Com LL.M in Business law ))     01 June 2009

Dear Respected sirs

Please forgive if I m wrong
I totally agree with Shri Prabhkar sir. When I first read this news on the front page of the said TOI my reaction was “ the judges of the apex court r out of their mind “. I read this statement again and again. This statement may based on the facts n circumstances of the said case. Print media is also some time giving this kind of news without mentioning the real facts of the cases in legal way. The same thing also happened in the news of Nitin Gadkari- Car case( minor girl found dead in the car) .
The judges r stated like this is very disgraceful.
What say u shri Palnitkar sir n Tapan Maiti……….please

Rajesh Kumar (Advocate)     02 June 2009

It is a sad story of our judiciery, in fact the whole system today. Nevertheless, it presents the reality- marriage, for men is a slavery of wife. Men must say NO to marriage.

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