Following an outrage over remarks made by Justice Bhakthavatsala of Karnataka High Court during a hearing in a domectic violence case, all family court matters have been shifted from him.
The matters have been shifted to the court of justices KL Manjunath and V Suri Appa Rao from the court of Justice Bhakthavatsala and Justice BS Indrakala, according to media reports.
The changes will reportedly come into effect from September 10.
Justice Bhakthavatsala observed during a hearing in a domectic violence case that it was alright for a husband to beat up his wife as long he was taking good care of her. The woman had complained to the bench of Justice K Bhaktavatsala and Justice BS Indrakala that her husband beat her up regularly and had once thrown her out of their house.
Justice Bhaktavatsala told the 28-year-old woman that she has to adjust with the husband and that all women suffer in marriages.
"Why are you still talking about his beatings? I know you have undergone pain. But that is nothing in front of what you undergo as a woman. I have not undergone such pain. But madam (Justice BS Indrakala) has," he observed.
But the woman told the court that she was unwilling to return to her husband.
Justice Bhaktavatsala asked the husband to take his wife and son out for a lunch and have a davanagere benne dose (a popular dish) and hoped it will be alright.
The judge came under attack from for his statement from Karnataka State Commission for Women as well as from law fraternity.
Manjula C, commission's chairperson, slammed his stand and said that a person in such a high office should not make such comments.
"There are laws to protect woman and her rights and if people like him are telling husband beats wife is ok, then who are to protect woman," Manjula said.
Justice Bhakthavatsala had on Friday rapped the media for “misinterpreting” his observations, saying: “I have not permitted wife-beating... In the interest of protecting family, marriages, I put forth my efforts...”
"A woman if she comes to the court means she passed through all levels of harassments and court is her last chance. If she was told to adjust with the harassment, then where she should go?"
"It is unconstitutional and illegal. A husband shall not assault the wife in connection with any dispute or whatsoever. If the judge made this statement, then it is unconstitutional," M Devaraj, a senior advocate of the high court.