In a first of its kind case, mediation and counselling has helped a couple reconcile for the future of their two-year-old daughter and end a matrimonial case at pre-litigation stage.
UT police had registered a case on the complaint of the wife, a practicing doctor, who had accused her alleged engineer husband and his family members of harassing her for dowry.
Following the registration of the case, the accused husband moved anticipatory bail, which was marked to mediation by additional district and sessions judge, Shalini S Nagpal. After the counselling session, the couple opted to reconcile.
The mediation centre was inaugurated in 2008 and with its establishment Chandigarh had become the first sessions court in the region to have a mediation centre. The first mediation centre was opened at Punjab and Haryana high court.
“The mediation centres were set up considering the increase in the institution of the cases. All the cases will be marked to the mediation centre for pre-litigation mediation to cut down the institution of cases pertaining to primary matrimonial disputes and other disputes where there is scope for reconciliation," said advocate Savita Saxena, who is a mediator at high court.
“In matrimonial disputes at the time of filing of the complaint, the parties are asked whether they want to opt for mediation or not. In case the parties agree for mediation and court sees element of settlement, the complaint is referred for mediation thus saving time of the court and money of the confronting parties,” said advocate Amit Kumar.