A city court has restrained a man under the Domestic Violence Act from selling his newly-wed wife’s car.
The wife, according to her counsel Prabhjit Jauhar, “was forced” to leave the matrimonial house two months after the wedding and her husband had held back the car keys.
Manav (name changed), a resident of Nev Sarai in South Delhi married Shilpi (name changed) on November 27, 2009.
Manav is a software engineer who studied in a top American university. He has established his own software firms in Delhi.
After the wedding, Shilpi's parents had gifted a new Hyundai i20 to Manav as had been requested by his family, Jauhar said.
Days after the wedding, Manav’s mother allegedly asked the couple to move into a rented accommodation. Shilpi refused to move out.
Manav “forcefully dragged” Shilpi out of the house and refused to return her belongings, Jauhar said.
Shilpi filed a petition under the Domestic Violence Act in the court in February 2010.
“Manav can forge documents and sell off the car. Moreover, Shilpi’s mother-in-law forced her to stay in rented accommodation despite having a lavish freehold property,” Jauhar contended in court.
Selling the car that is part of stridhan (gifts and articles offered to the groom's family at a wedding) would amount to domestic violence against the victim, he contended.
Giving an ex-parte order, Metropolitan Magistrate Veena Rani said, “I hereby restrain the respondent (Manav and his family members) from creating any third party with regard to the vehicle”.
The court noted the car was part of stridhan, and the in-laws cannot go ahead with any deal related to the car.