An orthopaedic surgeon will pay dearly for squabbling with his wife on email despite the couple living in the same house, and for insisting that their son, who is suffering from Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, be treated at a public hospital to save money.
The Andheri metropolitan magistrate court has asked the surgeon to pay Rs 2.5 lakh towards monthly maintenance to his wife and kids, along with the medical expenses, after the wife, an engineer, alleged cruelty nine years after marriage. The couple got married in 2004 after they met through a matrimonial website. Sunita has alleged that Sunil (names changed) and her in-laws made her beg for money for all her needs, and was asked to give account of every penny spent on her. The voluminous records produced by both the husband and wife include email communication exchanged by the family members for all minor and major discussions.
Additional chief magistrate Kedar Joglekar, while passing an order on Saturday, expressed shock at the attitude of the couple. “Husband and wife were residing in the same house, then why exchange emails, and why no personal talk?” the magistrate observed.
“The parents should have concentrated on the line of treatment for their son instead of fighting. The father insisted he be taken to a government hospital just to avoid expenses, even though he has contacts in major hospitals. This is disturbing,” the magistrate court observed.
The court is yet to decide on the wife’s complaint, but after considering the husband’s bills of restaurants, spas and saloon, the court has, in interim, ordered the husband to maintain his wife to match his own lifestyle.