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If a woman commits suicide due to her husband's extra-marital affair, the man cannot be held criminally liable for subjecting her to cruelty, unless it is proved that there was a wilful conduct on his part to drive her to take the extreme step.

india Updated: Sep 13, 2013 02:45 IST

Adultery is mental cruelty especially in a conservative society like ours
With reference to the report SC: wife suicide due to spouse's affair not his fault (September 10), it is appalling that the Supreme Court is of the opinion that if a woman commits suicide due to her husband's extra-marital affair, the man cannot be held criminally liable for subjecting her to cruelty, unless it is proved that there was a wilful conduct on his part to drive her to take the extreme step.

Surviving a partner's infidelity, whether husband or wife, can be agonising and can lead to mental depression. The public humiliation that a person who is cheated on by his/her partner is subjected to especially in a conservative society like ours and the feeling of being let down by one's partner amount to nothing less than mental cruelty. The obligation to remain faithful to one's partner is the very foundation of a marriage.

The Supreme Court's verdict undermines the sanctity of marriage.

Kanika Malhotra, via email

Narendra Modi fits the bill for prime minister perfectly
With reference to the editorial Working against itself (September 11), the BJP is doing a disservice to itself by sending confusing signals to the party cadre and its voters on the issue of naming Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi the party's candidate for prime minister.

It is sad that the BJP, fearing criticism within the party, is delaying a decision on the matter. There are two things that the BJP needs to realise. First, factionalism within the BJP can mar its electoral prospects. Second, for the BJP Modi is the best bet for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Gaurav Gupta, via email

Page One Plus is brilliant but do keep it free of advertisements
The refreshed avatar of the newspaper comes as a pleasant surprise. Page One Plus that aims to give a quick snapshot of all the top news in a concise manner is an excellent idea.

But I was shocked to see a quarter-page advertisement on it recently. Advertisements on the tear sheet that readers would want to fold and keep would defeat the very purpose of Page One Plus.

Himnish Narang, via email