Court pulls up parents for meddling in daughter’s life

February 19th, 2011 - 11:01 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Saturday rapped parents who, instead of helping to solve the problems in their daughters’ married life, tried to fuel the flame and made the situation worse. The observation came while Justice Kailash Gambhir upheld a Delhi court’s decree of allowing divorce to a man on the ground that his in-laws’ were frequently interfering in his marital life.

Justice Gambhir said parents should draw a line to let their daughters lead happy married lives.

“The present case is an unfortunate example where the parents of the appellant, instead of putting out the fire, have fuelled and fanned it,” the court said, dismissing an appeal filed by the wife challenging Delhi court’s earlier order delivered in June 2003, granting the man decree of divorce.

“All parents guide, teach and discipline their daughters and are concerned about their welfare after marriage. But it is imperative for parents to draw a line as the prime concern should be that their daughter is happily settled in a new atmosphere at the husband’s place,” he said.

Justice Gambhir added: “But, it should not mean day-to-day monitoring of the affairs taking place at the matrimonial home of the daughter.”

“Parents should not become uninvited judges of problems of their daughter, become an obstacle in the daughter’s married life, plant thoughts in her mind and gain control over her and promote disharmony in her family life,” said the court.

“They are expected to advise, support and believe in their upbringing, maintaining a discreet silence about the affairs of the matrimonial relationship,” the court observed.

Earlier, in 2003, a Delhi court had allowed the husband’s plea seeking decree of divorce on the grounds of cruel conduct by his wife due to continuous interference by his in-laws.

The two got married April 13, 1990, at Delhi according to Hindu rites and ceremonies.

According to the husband, the differences with his wife started a few months after their marriage due to frequent interference of his in-laws.

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