Mental illness not a ground for divorce: HC rejects plea

  • | Tuesday | 16th April, 2019

Thus, the appellant cannot claim divorce on the ground of cruelty on account of her mental illness,” the verdict read. The husband’s plea for divorce was dismissed by the lower court in 2015 after which he approached the high court. In the high court, his counsel argued that the wife was “suffering from fits” but it was never disclosed to the husband or his family. Alleging mental torture and harassment, the husband further claimed that his wife left the matrimonial home in September 2009. “Merely because the respondent-wife is suffering from Psychotic illness or OCD by itself, is insufficient to prove that she is incapable of having healthy domestic relationship.

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