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NRI groom? First check credentials: HC

mumbai Updated: Oct 17, 2009 01:15 IST
Urvi Mahajani

Sending a warning signal to parents looking to marry their daughters abroad, the Bombay High Court has asked them to do a thorough background check of the prospective groom to avoid trouble in future.

The division bench of Justice PB Majmudar and Justice RV More on Friday, upheld a divorce granted by a family court to Mumbai-based, Sunita and her husband Manoj, a computer engineer working in the US. Sunita cited mental harassment after joining her husband in the US, as grounds for divorce.

“We are of the view that this is an eye-opener for parents whose daughter is going to marry a person settled in a foreign country. In such cases they are required to take appropriate care to find out the credentials of the prospective groom,” observed the bench.

The high court was hearing an appeal filed by the husband Manoj, against the divorce granted by a family court. Sunita and Manoj were married in June 2002 at Nashik and after their marriage, Sunita moved to USA with Manoj.

Sunita alleged in her divorce petition that in the US, Manoj forced her to change her life style and follow the American life style.

“He insisted that I cut my hair and compelled me to eat beef and pork and drink alcohol,” stated her divorce petition.

She also alleged that she was forced to wear short and vulgar clothes and mix with boys, which she utterly disliked.

Within seven months of their marriage, Sunita returned to India to appear for her MA examinations. She then sent Manoj a letter seeking divorce by mutual consent, which he refused.

Alleging that Manoj was medically unfit, Sunita also alleged that he posted an advertisement for her second marriage, with her bio-data and vulgar photographs and text images on the internet.

Upholding the divorce by the family court, the HC observed, “The act of publishing such photographs on websites is extremely shocking. It would suffice to say that the same is very disgusting and absolutely in bad taste. The act was done at the instance of the husband and it is very unfortunate that a woman has to undergo such torture at the hands of her husband.”