A woman alleged her husband that after her marriage, she stayed with her husband for 20 days. After her marriage she was left completely alone and no one talked to her. Her husband, who works in Australia, had left after marriage and the in-laws do not talk to her. About her complaint the Supreme Court said it was not cruelty punishable under Section 498A of IPC if no one at the matrimonial home, including the husband, spoke to a bride for days. In her complaint she alleged that her husband was “not even willing to talk freely to her despite her sincere efforts”.The Supreme Court had earlier ruled that refusal to cohabit could be a ground for seeking divorce. Woman’s husband left for Australia where he worked, no one in his family talked to the woman, indirectly forcing her to leave the matrimonial house for her parent’s place. She claimed that her parents had spent Rs 15 lakh on the marriage and Rs 20 lakh on gold ornaments. The Hyberabad police filed a charge sheet and the case is pending before the metropolitan magistrate. The High Court at Hyderabad rejected a petition by the husband and his parents seeking to quash the case.They appealed to the apex court. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Mohan M Shantanagoudar perused the wife’s complaint and said her story did not reveal any offence under Section 498A (cruelty at matrimonial home to drive the woman to commit suicide, cause injury to her or harassment for dowry) or Section 406 (breach of trust) of IPC as there was no demand for dowry.
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