Husband’s Extra-Marital Affair Not Mental Cruelty: SC
Extra-marital affairs of a man and his wife’s suspicion do not always amount to mental cruelty attracting the provision of abetment to suicide but can be a ground for grant of divorce, the Supreme Court said on Friday.
The remarks were made in a case in which a woman committed suicide due to her husband's alleged extra-marital affairs and the other woman too ended her life due to humiliation.
The apex court was dealing with an appeal filed by the man against his conviction and four-year sentence for causing harassment and mental cruelty to his wife which led her to commit suicide.
A bench comprising justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy held that "extra-marital relationship would be an illegal or immoral act, but other ingredients are to be brought home so that it would constitute a criminal offence."
(With PTI inputs)
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