Forcing Husband to Separate from his Parents & Name-Calling Amounts to Cruelty: CHC

The Calcutta High Court (CHC) upheld the order passed by the Trial Court, annulling marriage between the parties, noting that calling the husband ‘coward’ and ‘unemployed’ amounts to instances of rude behaviour on the part of wife. The CHC further noted that it is a common practice in Indian society for sons to live with their parents even after the marriage. Therefore, there must be some “justifiable reason” for the wife to ask the husband to get separated from his parents, but in absence of any justifiable reason wife’s demand for a separate residence may amount to obstinacy and an act of mental cruelty.