Timely intervention by the Delhi High Court has brought together an estranged New Zealand-based NRI couple. They have decided to come together to live in peace with their two daughters after a bitter year-long battle.
Laviral (name changed), an NRI citizen of New Zealand, married Shalu (name changed) of Old Rajinder Nagar in Delhi on November 17, 2003. They have two daughters aged 2 and 4, who are New Zealand citizens by birth.
The problem began after the couple came to India on a short holiday in June last year. Shalu stayed back with their daughters while her husband went back to Auckland to join his work. He is a prison officer. Shalu had refused to join her husband and did not allow her daughters to meet their father. She had accused her husband of domestic violence.
Laviral approached the high court in Auckland, which directed his wife to hand over the custody of the children to the court. But Shalu refused to go back.
Laviral then filed a petition in the Delhi High Court, which summoned the mother and daughters to be present for hearing on Tuesday.
Laviral's counsel advocate Prabhjit Jauhar said his client had agreed to file an affidavit before the Indian consulate stating: “He would not perpetrate any domestic violence act against his wife.”
His wife’s counsel KTS Tulsi said Shalu is keen to save her marriage and willing to join her husband in New Zealand along with her two daughters.
Jauhar informed the court that Laviral is also willing to take care of air expenses of his wife and daughters and a relative of his wife.
“He would provide a separate accommodation in New Zealand for his wife and her relative for a period of six weeks,” the counsel said.
Jauhar told the court that as part of this amicable settlement, Shalu should withdraw all domestic violence cases.