India’s First Divorce on Skype, Telangana Court Hears Wife Online

The wife was in the United States and had just finished her master’s degree.

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A civil court in Telangana granted divorce to a couple on Saturday after hearing the wife via Skype as she could not be present in court at the time.

This comes after the Hyderabad High Court in a recent ruling said that recordings via Skype would hold legal validity.

The wife, in this case, was in the United States and had just completed her Masters in Science and could not be present in court as she had interviews scheduled for a job.

The lady had given power of attorney to her father to represent her in court. But the senior Civil Judge of Khammam M Venkata Ramana needed to hear both parties personally before nullifying the marriage.

The couple, who were married in March 2002, had agreed for a divorce after differences cropped up between them, soon after the marriage.

Deccan Chronicle reported that the man filed a ‘Nullity of Marriage’ petition in the court while the woman had filed a petition under IPC Section 498 (A) (domestic violence) in which she accused her in-laws of demanding dowry.

The report also says that the judge used a laptop to interact with the petitioner and passed the decree of divorce.

In a contrasting situation, a couple got married last week after the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court heard a petition via Skype and emails and instructed the police to offer protection to the couple.

Finally on Sunday David Philip Raja of Oodaikal in Ramanathapuram district got married to Arul Viji under tight security at the Adaikalmatha church.

Advocate Panneerselvam, the petitioner’s counsel, said that the wedding was finally held under the supervision of ADSP Velladurai along with the protection of 40 policemen.

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