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“After marriage, the wife does not execute a slavery bond where she will not be allowed to speak. The wife is entitled to have a voice in the family and she is expected to express her views.”

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Bombay High Court: In a significant judgment, the Court held that simply because a wife is earning and does not part with her salary in favour of her husband, it cannot be treated as a ground for cruelty on the part of the wife. The husband had claimed that his wife quarrelled with him frequently and refused to part with her salary even as he was struggling monetarily which amounted to cruelty and pressed for divorce on grounds of desertion. The Court observed that it was very distressing that on such a flimsy and trifle ground, the appellant had deserted his wife though there was a child from the said wedlock. The Court also observed that “after marriage, the wife does not execute a slavery bond where she will not be allowed to speak. The wife is entitled to have a voice in the family and she is expected to express her views.”

(Umesh Manohar Waidande v. Trupti Umesh Waidande, Family Court Appeal No. 151 of 2011 with Civil Application No. 317 of 2011, order dated 10-4-2012)

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