Monthly Archives: September 2018

Section 497: Chennai woman ends life after husband justifies extramarital affair citing SC verdict on adultery | Chennai News – Times of India

Chennai woman ends life after husband justifies extramarital affair citing SC verdict on adultery

CHENNAI: A woman committed suicide at MGR Nagar here on Saturday night after her husband, a watchman, challenged her that she had no right to stop him from having an extramarital affair as the Supreme Court had ruled three days ago that adultery was not a crime.

This is the first casualty reported here after the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday decriminalising adultery.

Earlier, under Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), adultery was an offence and a convict could be sentenced to five years jail term.

Police said Pushpalatha, 24, of Bharathi Nagar, Nesapakkam married John Paul Franklin, 27, two years ago. The couple had a love marriage after a strong opposition from their families. The couple had a child, police said.

The woman was said to have been undergoing treatment for tuberculosis. Franklin is employed as a security guard at a corporation park in the locality.

Franklin began distancing from his wife soon after she fell sick and did not support her financially.

Apparently upset over this, Pushpalatha conveyed the issue to one of her husband’s friends when he told her about his closeness with another woman.

Pushpalatha’s suspicion became strong as he turned up home late in recent days.

The woman picked up a fight with him after she came to know about his illicit affair and asked him to part ways with the other woman.

Franklin refused to budge when she threatened to file a police complaint. “He went to the extent of telling her that she cannot book a case against him as the Supreme Court had ruled that extramarital affair was no more a crime,” said an investigating officer.

Dejected over this, she decided to end her life and hanged herself when she was alone at home on Saturday night. One of the woman’s relatives found her dead and alerted the MGR Nagar police.

The police were questioning Franklin.

As per the Supreme Court order, if adultery leads to a person’s suicide, abetment of suicide charge can be slapped against the spouse responsible for it.


Tanushree Dutta Says Director Vivek Agnihotri Told Her ‘Take Off Your Clothes And Dance’

Tanushree Dutta Says Director Vivek Agnihotri Told Her ‘Take Off Your Clothes And Dance’

Tanushree Dutta has also called out Nana Patekar over alleged sexual harassment.


After calling out Nana Patekar for allegedly harassing her on the sets of a movie in 2008, actress Tanushree Dutta has revealed that movie director Vivek Agnihotri told her “kapde utaar ke naacho” (take off your clothes and dance) while filming Chocolate in 2005.

In an exclusive interview with DNA, Dutta revealed that Agnihotri asked her to do so in order to provide her co-star Irrfan Khan with “cues.”

“This guy (Vivek Agnihotri) wanted me to give cues to an actor (Irrfan Khan). It was an actor’s close-up. It was not even my shot. I was not even going to be in the shot. It was the actor’s close-up and he had to just look at something and give expressions. This director, he told me ‘jao jaake kapde utaar ke naacho, usko cues do.‘” she said.

Dutta said that Khan and Suniel Shetty, who was present on set, shot back at Agnihotri.

“…The actor was horrified. And, because he had done some work, he could say something. He just told the director, ‘What are you talking about? I can give my closeup. Mujhe acting aati hai’. Suneil Shetty also spoke up. He was also there, he heard it and he got offended by it. He was like, ‘Main aayun kya wahaan cues dene ke liye? Yeah of course, there are good people in the industry,” she said.

Agnihotri, who has been tweeting since the morning today, has not responded to Dutta’s allegation
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HC makes ‘law student’ pay wife, kid Rs 50,000 a month | Ahmedabad News – Times of India

HC makes ‘law student’ pay wife, kid Rs 50,000 a month

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court ordered a “law student” to pay his estranged wife and daughter Rs 50,000 maintenance every month after he did not reveal his income and financial status and the court made the adverse inference that he was hiding facts about his income.

Amit Shah, who is studying law, was a techie and worked for multinational company Dell in the US. After marital discord, as the divorce proceedings started and his wife Archana and daughter claimed maintenance, he appeared to have left the USA and began studying law in India.

The high court quashed a Vadodara family court’s order from May 2017 that he pay Rs 5,000 as maintenance to his little daughter. The lower court had denied maintenance to the wife. However, Justice Paresh Upadhyay took an “adverse inference” from Shah hiding his income and considering the woman’s claim that he belonged to a “rich family”, ordered Shah to pay Rs 50,000 to his wife and daughter.

Amit and Archana got married in January 2008. They moved to the US as Amit worked for an MNC. Their daughter was born in 2010. Due to marital discord, his wife returned to India in September 2011 with their daughter. Shah filed for divorce in a Vadodara court through his father in December 2012 and made several pleadings, which the HC said were “not in good taste and were very ugly”. The court avoided mentioning them to maintain “decorum”.

On the other hand, the wife and child sought maintenance of Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 respectively. Dissatisfied at the family court’s order, the wife approached the HC, which asked for details about Shah’s passport, visa and other employment-related matters. The husband produced hundreds of documents, but none about his income.

The family court asked also asked Shah to show his passport. He claimed he could not find it. He maintained this before the HC too, but Justice Upadhyay questioned whether he had filed a police complaint for the missing document. Shah had no answer to that.

Shah told the HC that he had no issues with paying for his daughter, but since he is a student, he should not be fastened with the liability to maintain his wife.

The HC pointed out that while Shah claims that he couldn’t afford to pay maintenance, when he was seeking the custody of the daughter, he had claimed that he could afford to educate his daughter at an international school in the US.
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Difficult to prove, Sec 497 hardly saw any conviction | India News – Times of India

Difficult to prove, Sec 497 hardly saw any conviction

NEW DELHI: Criminal lawyers were on Thursday hard pressed to recall a single case where a man was convicted for adultery under section 497 IPC, a clause now decriminalised by the Supreme Court.

Interestingly, the National Crime Records Bureau doesn’t even maintain a database on adultery cases as instances are negligible and there is a low chance of conviction in courts.

Adultery charges are sometimes levelled in cases where warring couples are trying to get an upper hand in legal battles over dowry harassment and cruelty, with desperation often triggering counter charges and FIRs. Ultimately, lawyers concede that the section rarely goes beyond the summons stage when parties either settle the matrimonial dispute or divorce each other. Lawyer Vijay Aggarwal, who practices extensively in Delhi’s trial courts, says while he considers the SC ruling a very welcome step, it doesn’t change the equation much on the ground. “The conviction rate in section 497 IPC was negligible because proof of sexual intercourse is required to prove adultery which is seldom available as everything happens behind closed doors. Hence, such an offence is almost impossible to prove. So, this is more of a technical correction as cases were not reaching anywhere even otherwise,” he said.

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Haryana man’s ex abducts his wife & gets her gang raped !! Husband wife abducted, thrashed & wife raped

Haryana man’s ex abducts his wife and masterminds her gang rape


  • Victim: Abducted with husband at gunpoint, raped in moving car
  • Police complaint filed; 1 rape accused arrested
  • Abducted couple were married about a week ago
Haryana man's ex abducts his wife and masterminds her gang rape

The woman — who has been divorced since December — abducted her ex-husband and his wife with the help of her family and using two vehicles, the police said. The couple were beaten up. (Image for representation)

A jilted divorcee abducted her ex-husband’s new bride in Haryana’s Ambala on Wednesday and masterminded her gang rape, the district police said.

The woman — who has been divorced since December — abducted her ex-husband and his wife with the help of her family and using two vehicles, the police said. The couple were beaten up.

Two men — who the victim said entered one of the vehicles in Panipat — gangraped her and dropped her off at a bus stop, the police said (see below).

The abducted couple have been married for about a week. They filed a police complaint on Thursday morning.

The husband has told the police that he married his ex-wife, who is from Gurugram, five years ago. He said the marriage was unsuccessful and that he divorced her in December.

One of the two men accused of rape has been arrested in Gurugram.


The newly-wed woman’s account of what happened, based on her police complaint, is chilling.

When her husband’s ex came home at around 7.15 pm on Wednesday — barged in, in fact — she was accompanied by a group of people that included her parents, two brothers, two uncles, and an aunt.

At the time, the victim’s husband and her mother-in-law were both at home. They were beaten up by the intruders, and the mother-in-law lost consciousness.

But that was just the beginning of a harrowing ordeal that would last hours.

Next, the couple were abducted in two separate vehicles at gunpoint and driven to Panipat, located around 120 km from Ambala. They were beaten up on the way.

In Panipat, a group of men got out of a third vehicle parked near Park Hospital. They got into the vehicle in which the newly-wed woman was abducted.

They threatened her and asked to file for divorce. She refused.

Then, two of the men raped her in the moving vehicle.

The victim and her husband were dropped off at a bus stand in Bahadurgarh. It was 12 pm.

The couple travelled to Panipat in a cab. Members of their family and a police team were there. The police team recorded the wife’s statement and left for Gurugram.

The couple reached Ambala at 6 am. Nearly eleven hours had passed since they were taken from their home.