From the Desk of Daniel & Boaz
Claiming that she was cheated into marrying an "impotent" man, a 24-year-old woman has moved the family court here seeking divorce from him and Rs 1 crore as permanent alimony.
According to the woman, her in-laws had suppressed the fact that their son suffered from some "hereditary sexual problems" and that he was physically incapable of performing his conjugal responsibilities towards his prospective wife. She claimed that she also had to quit her software job on the insistence of her in-laws.
The Kilpauk-based woman said that from their nuptial night in May 2008 onwards, her husband maintained a distance from her and his parents also slept with the couple in the same room for many months continuously.
Besides this mental cruelty, she alleged, her mother-in-law made her to do all household chores and ensured that she was engaged in some work throughout the day. The petitioner's counsel George Williams also alleged that her father-in-law too behaved indecently when she was alone in the house.
Noting that her parents had spent more than Rs 11 lakh on the marriage, besides spending a huge sum on purchasing 30 sovereigns of gold jewellery and other silver and household items, she said she was also harassed for dowry by her in-laws.
The marriage remained unconsummated in view of the fact the couple could not enjoy the conjugal pleasure, she said, adding that she was harassed both physically and mentally besides being subjected to dowry harassment.
She cannot value her loss and agony in terms of money, the woman said, adding that, however, she quantified the agony as Rs 1 crore for the purpose of payment of permanent alimony. She wanted the court to dissolve the marriage on the ground of cruelty and direct her husband to pay a permanent alimony of Rs 1 crore to her.
The II additional judge for the family court, Narayanasamy, adjourned the matter to September 16 for further proceedings.
George Williams has also filed a separate petition in the Madras high court, seeking a direction to the All Woman Police Station at Madipakkam to register a complaint lodged by the woman on July 4, and initiate criminal proceedings against her husband, father-in-law and mother-in-law.
Noting that her entire life lay in tatters owing to the "fraud played upon her", the woman said the perpetrators must be proceeded against and their harassment be investigated by the police.
She claimed that though the police received her complaint and issued her a community service register (CSR) number, they did not register any first information report despite the fact that she underwent a virginity test as directed by them. The police, she said, asked her husband also to undergo a medical test.
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