Four couples that once walked into the court with remorse in their hearts returned home together on Saturday after settling their divorce cases in the district court.
The family court on Saturday settled 29 matrimonial disputes during lok adalat. While four couples who were earlier seeking divorce returned home together on the same day, the remaining 25 cases were either withdrawn after mutual understanding or will be settled under Section 13(b) of the Hindu Marriage Act.
Additional district and sessions judge Neerja Kalson said, “We have been able to resolve many matters during lok adalat, out of which one was at the order pronouncement stage, but thankfully the husband and wife were willing to compromise and go beyond their differences.”
COUPLE THAT SOUGHT DIVORCE AFTER 16 YEARS OF MARRIAGE,SETTLE MATTER
The story of two such couples is heart-warming. In one case, the couple had filed for divorce after 16 years of their marriage. Sudha (name changed), 38, and Ritesh (name changed), 45, both residents of Chandigarh, got married according to Sikh rites on April 23, 2000. They filed for divorce on April 5 last year. The matter was settled during the lok adalat on Saturday. The couple’s child was 14 when the petition was filed. It was alleged that Ritesh was a drug addict and did not earn enough to support the family. The petitioner had stated that she had started working in a private firm to take care her son’s school fee, however, things got worse as she was allegedly beaten regularly by her husband. She was also threatened by Ritesh that he would murder her, under the influence of excess drugs and alcohol. It was alleged that she had been slapped in front of her in-laws and other family members. Despite various attempts of reconciliation by families of both sides, Sudha had decided to end the marriage last year.
CHILD HELPS COUPLE SOLVE DIFFERENCES
Another matter, where the order under the Hindu Marriage Act was expected to be pronounced and was at its final stage, saw Radhika, 29, (name changed) of Amritsar and Gurinder, 34,(name changed) of Chandigarh, resolve their matter and seek compromise on Saturday. The couple, who had a daughter, was in the custody of the father. Radhika deposed before the court that the allegations against her husband were due to misunderstanding and that she was willing to accompany her husband to his residence and live peacefully post this and not raise such allegations in the future. A criminal case filed against Gurinder in Amritsar was also withdrawn by his wife. The couple had got married on August 15, 2010 and Radhika had conceived after two months of her marriage. They filed for divorce in September 2015. Gurinder, in his petition, had alleged, that his wife had no solid ground to file divorce and wanted him to keep the custody of the child and despite repeated requests by his family members and him, never wished to return to his house after she went to her own home in Amritsar post pregnancy. Things got bitter after misbehaviour and assault was reported in August 2014 by the families of both parties and a case based on physical and mental torture was filed by the petitioner. It is believed that the daughter’s presence enabled the couple to settle the matter before the family court.