70-year-old woman wants a divorce

August 31st, 2008 - 1:21 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) A 70-year-old woman who has been married for 53 years has approached a city court, seeking divorce on grounds of cruelty and adultery by her husband.Bimla Devi wants to break her 53-year-old relationship with Rakesh Kumar who has dumped her for some other woman a few years back and now allegedly wants to take over the property owned by her.

She has moved an application in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Manmohan Sharma against Rakesh.

Bimla had married Rakesh March 10, 1955.

Their marriage turned sour after 23 years, when Bimla contracted tuberculosis (TB) and was thrown out of her home.

“I was thrown out of my home some 30 years back when I suffered from TB. My husband left me on road and I know how I managed to survive and get myself treated by visiting different hospitals in the capital,” recalls Bimla while talking to IANS.

Bimla went back to her home after she was cured of TB but was again thrown out by force when she gave a birth to a girl child.

“My husband refused to accept the child and asked me to take her to my parents’ home,” Bimla said.

A few days later Bimla was told by a close family friend that her husband was involved in a relationship with someone else. He reportedly threatened her when she objected.

“There was nobody to help me. I wanted to get rid of this man many years back but I remained quiet because that would have spoilt my daughter’s life. But now she is married and well settled, so I want a divorce from him,” Bimla said with tears in her eyes.

“I know I won’t be able to live long but I want to take revenge on my husband who has ruined my life.”

The court will hear her plea Sep 4.

Bimla in her divorce petition has alleged that her husband beat her often and has alleged that he will take over her home too, which is the only thing she is left with.

Delhi has emerged as the de facto divorce capital of the country with about 8,000-9,000 cases filed here every year. The number of women filing for divorce has seen a steep increase.

(Kanu Sarda can be contacted at kanu.s@ians.in)

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