Wedding picture no proof of dowry, says Kerala High Court
DECCAN CHRONICLE.Published Feb 20, 2016, 6:11 am IST
Updated Feb 20, 2016, 8:31 am IST
Hitherto no technology has been developed to identify whether an ornament appearing in a photograph is gold or not.
Kochi: Kerala High Court has held that much reliance can’t be put on wedding photographs to decide on returning the gold ornaments to the wife by the husband while settling divorce cases.
“The very practice of passing orders for returning gold ornaments merely by looking at photographs and assessing their weight without considering whether the claim is plausible can only be a perverse application of evidence,” Justice C.T. Ravikumar held.
The court was considering a petition filed by Mohammadali of Ferook College PO, Kozhikode, against a lower court order asking him to return the gold ornaments he had received after his marriage to Rahiyanath, his former wife.
The family court found that there would be no difficulty in concluding that the bride was in possession of 80 sovereigns of gold ornaments on the date of marriage.
The High Court observed, “nowadays it is a fact that imitation gold ornaments made of other metals and ornaments plated with gold are available in the market. It is hard to distinguish and identify such ornaments if worn together with original ornaments when photographed.”
“In such circumstances, blind acceptance of all photographed ornaments as pure gold ornaments and further making calculation regarding the weight of each such ornament without any other reliable proof would be unsafe,” the court held.
“Hitherto no technology has been developed to identify whether an ornament appearing in a photograph is gold or not,” it said.
Considering the present-day value of gold, such blind acceptance and ordering the return of gold ornaments might put the person called upon to return the same in indebtedness, it said.
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