Mumbai court asks ‘abusive’ man to vacate his father’s house
The city civil court in Dindoshi came to the aid of a 52-year-old man who was allegedly harassed by his son and daughter-in-law who stay with him.mumbai Updated: Apr 01, 2017 19:16 IST
The city civil court in Dindoshi came to the aid of a 52-year-old man who was allegedly harassed by his son and daughter-in-law who stay with him. The court asked the son to vacate the man’s Andheri house within a month so the man and his wife can live in peace.
The man, an autorickshaw driver, had approached the court seeking action against his son, who works as a VFX supervisor at a film studio. The man alleged that his son and daughter-in-law, an operator in Aadhaar card centre, would abuse his wife and him.
He added that he had bought the house in a MHADA colony in 1989 and had been staying there with his wife ever since. His son got married in 2006.
The man said the couple would often quarrel with his wife and him. Seeking to avoid more trouble, the two shifted to another house and stayed there from October 2012 to March 2014.
The man told the court that after they returned, the quarrels resumed. In his petition, he said the couple were abusive towards him and wanted to divorce. He added that his daughter-in-law tried to assault his wife on January 3 and threatened to implicate him in false case.
Following this, he asked the couple to vacate the house and sent them a legal notice. However, they refused to move. He thus filed a suit in the civil court. The court issued a notice to the couple, who failed to appear before the court. The court hence initiated proceedings against them.
“It is certain that despite sufficient warnings, the son and his wife were occupying the premises illegally and had been interfering in the father’s enjoyment of his self-acquired premises,” said the court.
The court quoted the observation of the Apex Court, which observed that, “In cases where the house has been self-acquired house by the parents, the son — whether married or unmarried — has no legal right to live in that house. He can live there only at the mercy of his parents and only till they permit him to live there. Just because his allowed him to live in the house as long as the relationship was cordial, does not mean that they have to bear this burden for the rest of their life.”