The Kerala High Court, while rejecting a recent divorce plea spoke about the youth’s “culture of use and throw”. Some of the observations made by the court have found their way on Twitter and netizens are calling them out for how bizarre they are.
On August 24, the Bench, consisting of Justices A Muhammed Mustaque and Sophy Thomas, delivered a judgement where they rejected the divorce plea of a 51-year-old man. The man was engaged in an extramarital affair since 2017, but the court stressed that there are still chances of an “amicable reunion” with his 38-year-old wife, especially because they had three daughters.
"Nowadays, the younger generation think that marriage is an evil that could be avoided to enjoy free life without any liabilities or obligations. They would expand the word 'WIFE' as 'Worry Invited For Ever' substituting the old concept of 'Wise Investment For Ever'."Kerala HC
This comment, however, has attracted the attention of users online who are talking more about the HC’s observations than the case itself. Many have shown their disbelief over the moral policing that the court indulged in. Here are some reactions:
The couple got married in 2009 and the husband first sought a divorce by appealing in a family court in 2018. This plea was also rejected. At the time, the main claimed his wife assaulted him, a claim the wife had refused. The man’s mother, too, has stood by the wife and is cited as a witness who “still wants to see them live together”
"Kerala, known as God's Own Country, was once famous for its well-knit family bondage," read Justice Sophy Thomas’ observation. "But the present trend, it seems to break the nuptial tie on flimsy or selfish reasons, or for extra-marital relationships, even unmindful of their children. The consumer culture of 'use and throw' seems to have influenced our matrimonial relationships also. Live-in-relationships are on the rise, just to say good-bye when they fell apart."Kerala HC