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‘Cruelty by Wife’ common ground for divorce
SANJOY RAY
 GUWAHATI, May 31 – Since ages, the word ‘cruelty’ was invariably associated with husbands. But time has changed and it is perhaps now men’s turn to face the heat, that too within the four walls of his home.

‘Cruelty by Wife’ is now becoming a common ground for granting divorce by the court of law in Assam.

The latest trend and nature of divorce cases available with the Family Court, Guwahati has shown a sharp rise in cases where husband had either sought or been granted divorce on the ground that the ‘wife had been cruel to him.”

In a number of cases, it was established that the husband had faced cruelty at the hands of the wife. The term ‘cruelty’ may be used both for physical and mental torture but in most cases it is mostly of mental nature.

A senior Family Court official told this reporter that nearly 600 cases of divorce were disposed of in the year 2012 and nearly 2,000 are still pending, of which at least 20 per cent (estimated) of them are cases where the husbands have sought divorce either on the ground of ‘Cruelty by Wife’ or ‘Desertion’.

“Desertion is another prime reason ground for seeking divorce in the State,” he said, adding that in 2012, nearly 1500 divorce cases were filed with the Family Court, Guwahati.

However, adjustment issues and adultery accounts for most number of divorce cases in the State.

“Divorce petitions are mostly by literate people. Adjustment issues among working couple is also one new trend in divorce cases in Assam,” he said.

Moreover, over 1400 cases of maintenance and guardianship claim were filed with the Family Court in 2012.

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