In this age of quick-fix divorces, a man has agreed to separate from his parents to save his marriage.
Rahul, an armyman from Uttarakhand, and his estranged wife Sarika (names changed), from Delhi, have decided to drop divorce proceedings and give their marriage another shot on the condition that he will not live with his parents and family, even after his retirement.
The compromise formula, worked out by the Supreme Court’s mediation cell, was approved earlier this month by a bench of justice RM Lodha and justice AR Dave, which recorded the couple’s statement that they arrived at the agreement “without coercion, duress or collusion”.
“It is agreed by the parties that the respondent-husband, after retirement, will take/build separate accommodation at any other place but (his) village… (in) Uttarakhand and live with the petitioner-wife separately,” the agreement stated.
Under it, Rahul will take Sarika wherever his job takes him.
If there is no provision of family accommodation, Sarika will stay with her parents in Delhi and visit him during holidays.
Rahul will also deposit Rs. 3,000 in her bank account every month for expenses and provide her with a grocery card when she is with her parents.
Sarika had filed cases of dowry harassment and domestic violence in Delhi against Rahul (currently posted in Pune), who had filed a divorce petition in Uttarakhand.
She also approached the SC for transfer of the divorce case to the Capital. The bench referred the case to the mediation cell on October 8, 2012.