Wife who is getting Rs 7000 p.m. as maintenance under sec 24 of HMA files a fake DV case where she is unable to proove Physical abuse or emotional abuse or economic abuse and completely loosed here case !!
IN THE COURT OF Ms. BHAVNA KALIA: METROPOLITAN
MAGISTRATE: MAHILA COURT 01: SOUTH DISTRICT:
SAKET COURT: NEW DELHI
CC No: 92/1/11, 61/16
Jurisdiction of Police Station : Lodhi Colony
W/o Sh. Sandeep Gulati
D/o Sh. Ram Prakash Khurana
R/o H. NO. D49, B.K. Dutt Colony, New Delhi ………Aggrieved
(i) Sandeep Gulati
S/o Sh. Amrit Lal Gulati
(ii) Amrit Lal Gulati
S/o Late Sh. Sunder Dass Gulati
(iii) Jyotsa Gulati
S/o Sh. Amrit Lal Gulati
(iv) Shakshi Gulati
D/o Sh. Amrit Lal Gulati
All R/o C50, Gali No. 10,
New Govindpuri ……..Respondents
Date of filing : 10.03.2011
Date of arguments : 04.11.2016
Date of judgment : 19.11.2016
- The aggrieved has filed an application u/s 12 of Protection of Woman From Domestic Violence Act, 2005 (hereinafter referred to as the Act). The aggrieved has prayed for the following reliefs.
Protection order u/s 18 of the Act.
Residence order u/s 19 of the Act.
Monetory relief in the sum of Rs.55,000/ u/s 20 of the Act.
Monetory relief in the sum of Rs.30,000/ per month (wrongly mentioned as Rs.25,000/ as the total comes to Rs.30,000/) u/s 20 of the Act.
Compensation in the sum of Rs.1,00,000/ u/s 22 of the Act.
The aggrieved has asked for the above stated reliefs on the ground that domestic violence was inflicted upon her by the respondents. On the basis of the complaint summons were issued to all the respondents. It is the case of the aggrieved that she got legally married to respondent no.1, namely, respondent no. 1 on 16.02.2008. They had one girl child, namely, Priyanshi from the marriage who is in her care and custody and they both are residing at the aggrieved’s parental house. It is stated that in the marriage, parents of the aggrieved gave dowry as per their status to the respondents. Besides this valuable gold and silver jewelery was also given by the parents of the aggrieved to the respondents. The relatives of the aggrieved and respondent also gave gold and silver jewelery to the aggrieved. aggrieved stated that respondents kept all her istridhan illegally in her matrimonial house. She stated that after marriage she was brought to her matrimonial home where she and respondent no. 1 stayed as husband and wife. The attitude of the respondents was indifferent from the inception of marriage. respondent no. 1 would fight with her and shout at her on petty matters without any valid reason. All respondents misbehaved with her and maltreated her. She was taunted for bringing less dowry and was asked to bring more dowry from her parents. In July 2008, respondent no. 1 asked her to bring Rs. 2 lakhs from her parents and when the aggrieved refused to do so, she was beaten mercilessly by him with fists and blows and he also gave her a kick on her private part because of which she sustained a lot of pain. She said that after 6 months respondent no. 1 again asked her to bring Rs. 2 lakhs from her parents and when she complained to her inlaws, they supported respondent no. 1 and abused the aggrieved. They told her that respondent no. 1 was their only son and they were expecting more dowry in his marriage. She said that she was beaten by respondent no. 1 at instigation of other respondents. She told her parents about the same and her parents expressed their inability to meet the demand. She told the respondents about the inability of her parents, but they remained adamant and continued to harass and beat her. They tortured her both physically and mentally. She stated that when she was in the advanced stage of pregnancy, respondent no. 1 gave merciless beatings to her by fists and blows and after her delivery, she was again beaten by respondent no. 1 for not giving birth to a male child. She further said that respondent no. 1 had no love and affection towards her and their minor child and hence, in connivance with and at instigation of other respondents, he wanted to get rid of the aggrieved and do second marriage. She said that for this reason, respondent no. 1 also filed a case for divorce. aggrieved also filed a case before CAW Cell, Nanakpura on 23.11.2010, where respondent no. 1 agreed to take her back but till date he did not do so and later flatly refused to keep her as his wife. She said that respondent no. 1 did not pay any maintenance to her, for herself and the child. She was made to work like a maid whole day when she stayed with him. She tried to make him understand that he should care about her and their child’s welfare, but to no avail. She hoped that he would amend his attitude, but he did not do so. She submitted that her sisterinlaw stole most of her costly belongings, but when she complained about the same to respondent no. 1, she was beaten mercilessly. She tolerated their behaviour for the sake of her marriage. She said that respondent no. 1 was a habitual drunk and under the influence of alcohol he would quarrel with her and beat her. She said that he spent his earnings on his drinking. On 8.10.2010 she was thrown out of her matrimonial house with her child with threats that till she got Rs. 2,00,000/ she would not be allowed to reside with respondent no.
Since then she has been residing on rent and is totally dependent upon her parents and other relatives for her day to day needs. She stated that respondent no. 1 has failed to maintain them even though he is working in a private company and earning about Rs. 70,000/ per month. She said that she is unemployed. She has prayed for protection orders, residence orders, monetary relief, custody orders and compensation.
Reply to the application was filed by the respondents. It is stated in the reply that the type of relief asked for by the aggrieved has not been specifically mentioned. It is further submitted that in the divorce case filed by the respondent no.1, aggrieved has stated that she wished to stay with him and did not want her articles back. It is further submitted that the present application is filed only to put pressure on the respondents and hence, must be dismissed. It is further submitted that respondent no. 1 Gulati has been disowned by his father. Respondent no. 1 has admitted that he got married with the aggrieved on 16.02.2008 and both of them have one girl child, namely, Priyanshi. However, respondent has stated that it was the aggrieved who left her matrimonial house with her father and took the child with her alongwith all her istridhan. He has stated that because of cruelty suffered by him, he has already filed a divorce petition under HMA before the court of Ld. ADJ, Karkardooma Courts. He has denied demanding any dowry from the aggrieved. He has stated that the amount spent by the parents of the aggrieved on the marriage was as per their desire. He stated that even after the marriage, he did not demand for any dowry. He has stated that it was the aggrieved, who started misbehaving with him, which was proved before the CAW Cell and the concerned police officer advised him to file for divorce. Keeping in view all the circumstances, parents of respondent no. 1 disowned him by giving intimation to the concerned police authorities and also by way of publication. Respondent no. 1 stated that aggrieved used to quarrel with him and use filthy language and also used to shout at him. It is stated that her behaviour became intolerable for the respondents and also their neighbours to bear. He further stated that the word ‘brotherinlaw’ used in para 5 is incorrect as respondent no. 1 does not have any brother. He stated that it is impossible to accept that on the first day of marriage, he and his parents quarreled with the aggrieved and passed wrong comments against her. He has denied that respondents demanded Rs. 2 lakhs from the aggrieved for which aggrieved has not filed any proof. It is submitted that nature of respondents is not such that they would demand any dowry and the allegations are made by the aggrieved only to defame them. Respondents have denied that they beat or tortured the aggrieved as it was not in their character to do so. It is further stated that there is no truth in the statement that respondents were unhappy on the birth of a female child. In fact, respondents stated that for them the birth of female child is considered as coming of Goddess Laxmi. He has stated that the allegations that he wanted to do a second marriage is false. Respondent no. 1 has stated that regular rudeness, habit of abusing the elders, raising hands on him and pushing his parents was the regular habit of the aggrieved for which she was asked to improve herself many times, but she did not improve. It is further submitted that complaint filed with CAW Cell reveals that no incident took place and the IO of the case had advised the aggrieved to improve. It is stated that Rs. 1500/ to Rs. 2000/ were being paid to the aggrieved as pocket money which has not been mentioned by the aggrieved. Respondent no. 1 has stated that from the very beginning aggrieved was not interested in marrying him. He stated that as soon as the parties came out of the CAW Cell, aggrieved abused respondents and hence, it was impossible for him to take her back to the matrimonial house. Respondent no. 1 had denied that the aggrieved was treated as a maid. Rather, he has stated, that she was given all the respect and honour which was beyond the expectations of her parents also. Respondent stated that aggrieved was never ready to amend her behaviour. It is denied that respondent Shakshi Gulati stole the articles of the aggrieved or that the aggrieved was beaten mercilessly. It is stated that no FIR was filed for the same. Respondent no. 1 has stated that brother of aggrieved also threatened him on the phone that he had the power to get him killed. Respondent stated that aggrieved and her brother used to visit his office often just to create an atmosphere so that he may be removed from service. Respondent no. 1 had stated that he has never consumed alcohol. It is further stated that one letter dated 08.10.2010 written by the aggrieved is self explanatory as to the fact that the aggrieved left her matrimonial home at her will. It is further stated that the aggrieved has mentioned in para no. (i) that she is residing with her parents, but in para XIX she has stated that she is residing on rent. No rent receipt has been filed. It is further stated that address provided by the aggrieved is of her parents which implies that she stays with her parents. Respondent no. 1 has stated that he loves his daughter a lot and has requested aggrieved to allow him to see her, but she has declined. Respondent denied that he draws salary in the sum of Rs. 70,000/ per month. He has stated that aggrieved is also qualified and working in a private firm of her relative and earning good salary. It is stated that aggrieved is not entitled to any reliefs under the Act.
- In her affidavit Ex.CW1, aggrieved has reiterated the contents of the complaint. She has further filed list of dowry articles as Ex.CW1/A. She has filed one copy of complaint filed with CAW Cell, Nanak Pura as Ex.CW1/B. http://evinayak.tumblr.com/ ; https://vinayak.wordpress.com/ ; https://twitter.com/ATMwithDick
During her cross examination, she stated that she had not filed any bills with regard to the articles which were given by her father in the marriage. She has further stated that no jewelery bills have been filed. She has further stated that she has not mentioned the name of any person in whose presence she was beaten or the date on which she was beaten. She has further stated that she has not filed any proof of the same. She has stated that she did not know of any brotherinlaw about whom she has mentioned in the affidavit. She stated that even though she is a graduate, she is weak in English language. She has denied the suggestion that because of this reason, name and date of persons who had beaten her up, were not mentioned in her affidavit. She has stated that it was her who had stated the contents of the affidavit to her counsel. She further could not tell as to who had beaten or harassed her for bringing insufficient dowry, on the first day of her marriage. She further said that on the very next day of her marriage, respondent no. 1, 2 and 3 started taunting her and harassing her by saying that her father had not given a Sofa in marriage. She said that the Sofa was given later in the marriage. She admitted that the said fact is not mentioned in her affidavit. She did not file any complaint with regard to the items allegedly stolen by her sisterinlaw (respondent no. 4) nor has she filed any list with the court. She said that the items stolen by respondent no. 4 in the month of January/February 2009, were lying in the locker of her Almira the keys of which used to be with her husband. She said that the entire jewelery received by her in the wedding was in that locker. She denied the suggestion that she was not treated like a maid or that she did not do the entire household work. She admitted that she had never seen her husband drink alcohol, but she had seen him several times in drunk condition when he returned home. She could not remember any date when he had done so. She said that she had never complained to her in laws regarding the same. She admitted that she had not mentioned in her complaint given at PS Lodhi Road and PS Jagatpuri that her husband used to drink. She has further admitted that she did not write in these complaints about the beatings given to her for demand of Sofa by respondents. She said that the respondent no. 1 used to spend his entire income on alcohol as he used to say that himself. She was given Rs. 1500/ per month for running the house. She said that she used the amount for taking care of herself and her daughter. Other expenses were borne by father of respondent as it was a joint family. She admitted that her fatherinlaw retired much before her marriage. She said that she was told by her husband that the expenses were borne by his father, but she did not verify the same. She said that she did not know whether these facts are mentioned in her affidavit or not. She said that her husband and fatherinlaw demanded Rs. 2 lakhs from her in July 2008, but she did not remember the exact date. She further had no proof that she was thrown out of the matrimonial house on 08.10.2010. She again said that complaint had been filed at PS Jagatpuri, but the said fact was not mentioned in it. She said that she did not file any rent receipt or gave address of premises on which she was residing as tenant. She said that she had not filed any receipt of the play school in which her daughter is going. She did not remember the exact salary of respondent no. 1. She said that she did not take her daughter to any doctor after the incident of throwing of her daughter as mentioned in Ex.CW1/B. She did not know of any girl whom her husband wished to marry. She said that she was not working prior to her marriage, but she had got one FD on 07.08.2013 amounting to Rs. 1.5 lakhs in her name. She denied the suggestion that she used to assist her father in his business and got income for herself. She denied the suggestion that she is working even today. She said that it is mentioned in her complaint that she was going to her parent’s house on her own with her father. She admitted that she returned to her parental home on 08.10.2010 with her father. She said that by sexual violence, she meant that her husband used to force sexual activities upon her. She did not remember the date when motorcycle was demanded from her. She said that Rs. 2 lakhs were again demanded, but she did not remember the date, time or the year. She admitted that on 0810.2010, she called the police and on the same day went to her parent’s house with her father. She admitted that she had not filed any bills with regard to Ex.CW1/A. She admitted that when she was pregnant, she was beaten by respondents, but she did not file any complaint. She admitted that respondents had agreed before CAW Cell that they would take her back to the matrimonial home, but she denied the suggestion that she objected to the same. She said that her husband used to drink often, but not regularly. She denied the suggestion that she herself was non cooperating, both at Delhi and Lucknow. She denied the suggestion that at Lucknow her neighbor met her for keeping good behaviour with respondent. She denied the suggestion that she left her Lucknow matrimonial home and returned to Delhi without informing anyone. She said that she came with her husband. She admitted that she had told her husband that she wished to stay in Delhi and not Lucknow. She admitted that she came to Delhi from Lucknow 23 days before 08.10.2010.
No other witness was examined in CE.
- One witness i.e respondent himself was examined in RE. He tendered his evidence by way of affidavit Ex.RW1/A and relied on copy of letter dated 23.11.2010 (Mark A), copy of istridhan articles of aggrieved (Mark B), Copy of letter dated 08.10.2010 written by aggrieved (Mark C).
RW 1 has reiterated the contents of his WS in his affidavit Ex.RW1/A. In addition, he has stated that aggrieved left the matrimonial home with their daughter. It is stated that she went with her father on her own and took all her articles with her. It is further submitted that because of her cruelty, respondent no. 1 had filed divorce petition. It is further submitted that no demand for dowry was ever raised from the aggrieved or her parents as the same was against law. The amount spent on the marriage was as per the desires of aggrieved and her parents. He stated that the aggrieved regularly quarreled with him and used filthy language. He stated that she shouted on him and his parents and this behaviour was regular on part of the aggrieved. Respondent no. 1 stated that the present case has been filed only to defame him and his family. He has stated that there was no reason for him to demand Rs.2 lakhs from the aggrieved. Aggrieved has not filed any proof for the said demand. He stated that the allegations on him that he beat the aggrieved with fists and blows and also gave her a kick are false. Rather, he stated that it was the aggrieved who used to behave like this. He has stated that no proof has been filed by the aggrieved for the same. He stated that he never intended to go for a second marriage and because of the continued misbehaviour of the aggrieved he was forced to file a divorce petition. Certain documents are filed by respondent no. 1, but the same are photocopies and cannot be read in evidence. He said that from the very beginning aggrieved was not interested in marrying him and thus, not interested in living with him.
During his cross examination, he stated that since aggrieved left the matrimonial house in October 2010, she had been staying with her parents. He said that he had never beaten or harassed the aggrieved after marriage and he never demanded Rs. 2 lakhs from her. He said that it was not his family’s habit. He said that aggrieved left the matrimonial home on her own by giving in writing to police authorities that she was leaving her matrimonial home with her father. He said that there was only one complaint filed with CAW Cell, which was withdrawn by the aggrieved subsequently. He said that the complaint filed at PS Lodhi Colony was sent back after reconciliation. He further stated that he had filed a divorce petition in Karkardooma Courts on the ground of cruelty and misbehaviour. He denied the suggestion that because he wanted to remarry, he had filed the divorce petition. He denied the suggestion that because he wanted to remarry, he had harassed and beaten the aggrieved.http://evinayak.tumblr.com/ ; https://vinayak.wordpress.com/ ; https://twitter.com/ATMwithDick
LEGAL PROVISIONS TO BE SEEN:
- In order to claim any Relief under the Act, it is imperative for the aggrieved person to show that she shared a domestic relationship with the respondent and she was subjected to domestic violence during the said period.
As per the Act, domestic relationship which is defined in section 2(f) means a relationship between two persons who live or have, at any point of time, lived together in a shared household, when they are related by consanguinity, marriage, or through a relationship in the nature of marriage, adoption or are family members living together as a joint family.
As per section 2(s) of the said Act, shared household means a household where the person aggrieved lives or has at any time lived in a domestic relationship with the respondents. Shared household means a house belonging to or taken on rent by the husband or the house which belongs to joint family of which husband is a member 1.
In the definition of domestic violence u/s 3 of the Act, it is stated that there must be an act, omission or commission or conduct of respondents 1 Neha Jain & anr. v. Gunmala Devi & Anr. RSA 282/2015 decided on 30.7.2015 which amounts to domestic violence. To constitute Domestic Violence, the conduct of the respondents should be such as to imply that the aggrieved was harassed or tortured by the said act. It is stated u/s 3 (a) of the Act, that there must be harm or injury or endangering the health, safety, life, limb or well being, whether mental or physical of the aggrieved, to cause physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal and emotional abuse and economic abuse. Section 3 (b) provides that domestic violence shall also be committed if the respondent harasses, harms, injures or endangers the aggrieved person with a view to coerce her or any other person related to her to meet any unlawful demand for dowry. Section 3 (c) of the Act provides that conduct mentioned in clause (a) and clause (b), if, has the effect of threatening to the aggrieved or any person related to her, may amount to domestic violence. Section 3 (d) of the Act, provides that to constitute domestic violence, there may be physical or mental injury or harm caused to the aggrieved person. In the explanation to Section 3 physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal and emotional abuse and economic abuse have been defined.
Domestic violence is defined in section 3 of the Act as any act or omission on part of the respondent which causes physical, sexual, verbal, emotional and economic abuse to the aggrieved or an act or omission which harasses, harms, injures or endangers the aggrieved person with a view to coerce her or any other person related to her to meet any unlawful demand for any dowry or other property or valuable security or an act which threatens or which causes physical or mental harm to the aggrieved.
ANALYSIS OF SUBMISSIONS IN VIEW OF THE LEGAL PROVISIONS:
- PWDV Act contemplates Domestic violence in the nature of harassment for dowry demand or physical abuse or verbal or emotional abuse or sexual abuse or economic abuse or all of these including threatening.
In order to see whether domestic violence was inflicted upon the aggrieved, it is important to see whether she was abused in any way as stated in the Act, and the same would be clear from her complaint and evidence of parties. The abuses are dealt with separately as under:
(i) Harassment for dowry demand: In the complaint aggrieved has stated that she was harassed again and again to get Rs. 2 lakhs from her parents. During her cross examination, she stated that she could not file any bills with regard to any articles given by her father in marriage. She stated that she had mentioned the name of the person and the date on which the dowry was demanded from her. On perusal of her affidavit, she had stated that she was harassed by her in laws for bringing less dowry. Then she had stated that respondents fought with her and shouted on her on petty matters without any reason. She had stated that in July 2008, respondent no. 1 asked her to bring 2 lakh from her parents, but when she objected, she was beaten. Then after six months respondent no. 1 again demanded Rs. 2 lakhs. When she again refused, she stated that she was abused by all the respondents saying that respondent no. 1 was their only son and they were expecting much more dowry. When she told her parents about the same, they expressed their inability to fulfill the demand. She has further stated that respondent no. 1 was a habitual drunk and neglected to maintain her and respondent no. 2 and 3 used to exert pressure upon her to bring Rs. 2 lakhs cash. During her cross examination, she has stated that on her next day of marriage, she was taunted by respondent no. 2 and 3 for not bringing a Sofa in the wedding. No demand of Sofa is mentioned in the complaint and the same appears to be an after thought. She admitted that she had not seen her husband drinking alcohol, but she said that she had seen him in drunk condition. She said that dowry was demanded in July 2008, but she could not remember the exact date. She said that when the second time Rs. 2 lakh were demanded, she could not remember the date, time and year. However, respondent in his affidavit has stated that no dowry was demanded from the aggrieved as it was not in his nature to do so. He has further stated that no explanation has been given by the aggrieved as to why the dowry was demanded. He has further stated that the allegations are vague. Respondent in his cross examination has stated that he never demanded Rs. 2 lakhs from the aggrieved. There has been no further cross examination of the respondent on this point. Thus, this fact stands admitted that there was no demand for dowry and hence, proved. Further considering that the allegations with regard to beatings and harassment are also vague,it cannot be said that the aggrieved was ever harassed for dowry. Allegations of dowry demand are serious in nature and without proper proof, it cannot be said that respondent no. 1 demanded dowry from aggrieved. The allegations od dowry demand and harassment are vague. Aggrieved could not state as to who demanded dowry from her, when the same was demanded and why wasit demanded. Two demands of Rs. 2 lakhs have been stated, but they are six months apart. It cannot be said that she was harassed or tortured for dowry.
(ii) Physical abuse: It means any act or conduct which is of such a nature as to cause bodily harm to the aggrieved person and includes assault, criminal intimidation and criminal force. In the present case, even though the aggrieved has stated that she was beaten by the respondent, but the bodily harm that might have been caused to her has not been proved. It was on the aggrieved to prove that she received physical injuries because of conduct of respondent but she has not been able to prove even one injury. She could not tell the names of persons in whose presence she was beaten nor when she was beaten. She herself admitted in her cross examination that she had not filed any proof of the same. She could not tell as to who had beaten or harassed her for bringing insufficient dowry, on the first day of her marriage. It is hard to believe that if a person was beaten on the first day of marriage, she would not remember who did it, unless it was someone she did not know. Thus, aggrieved has not been able to prove physical abuse.
(iii) Verbal and Emotional abuse: It includes insults, ridicule, humiliation, name calling or insults or ridicule specially with regard to not having a child or a male child. In her complaint, aggrieved has stated that after the delivery of her child, she was beaten by respondent no. 1 mercilessly for not bearing a male child. It is further stated that respondent no. 1 had no love and affection towards the minor child as he was unhappy as the child was a girl and not a boy. She has stated the same in her affidavit. It is further submitted by the aggrieved that respondent did not give any maintenance for the child. It is submitted by the respondent in his reply that birth of a female child for him, was like coming of Goddess Laxmi. He has further submitted in his evidence that he used to give Rs.1500/ to Rs. 2000/ for maintenance of his wife and daughter, which has been admitted by the aggrieved in her cross examination. Further the aggrieved had not stated as to when after the delivery of her child was she beaten by respondent no. 1 and if she was beaten mercilessly why did she not get herself medically examined. Also she had stated that she was beaten by respondent no. 1 for not bearing a male child, but it is not stated that respondent told her so that he did not want a made child. However, since she has not been cross examined on this point, it appears that the respondent admitted the same. However, respondent has stated in his affidavit that he considered the birth of a daughter as coming of Goddess Laxmi and he also used to give maintenance for maintaining his wife and daughter. He has not been cross examined on this point and thus, this fact stands admitted. Considering that there are two contradictory facts which stand admitted, other evidence has to be seen to examine whether the respondent no. 1 actually harassed the aggrieved for not bearing a male child. The aggrieved and respondent both have admitted that respondent no. 1 gave maintenance for the girl child, hence, it cannot be said that he was against the birth of the girl child. On preponderance of probabilities, this fact weighs in favour of respondent no. 1.
(iv) Sexual abuse: It includes any conduct of a sexual nature that abuses, humiliates, degrades or otherwise violates the dignity of a woman. In the present case, there are no such allegations. In her complaint, aggrieved has not made any allegations with regard to sexual abuse. No complaint has been made in her affidavit with regard to sexual abuse. Only in para 28 of her affidavit, she has written that respondent no. 1 may be directed not to repeat violence (physical, mental and sexual). Aggrieved has stated in her cross examination that by sexual violence, she meant that her husband used to force sexual activities upon her. Considering that there are no allegations whatsoever of sexual abuse, one statement of the aggrieved in her cross examination that her husband used to force sexual activities upon her is not relevant.
(v) Economic abuse: Economic abuse means deprivation of economic or financial resources to which aggrieved is entitled. It is admitted fact that respondent no. 1 used to pay maintenance to her and their daughter and he did not deprive her of any financial resources. Further it is admitted fact that she left her matrimonial home on her own, thus it cannot be said she was deprived by the respondents of the financial resources. Further from the order of this court dated 21.05.2012, it is clear that u/s 24 HMA, aggrieved is already getting maintenance @ Rs. 7000/ per month from the respondent no. 1 and she does not have any right to claim additional maintenance under the Act. However, in her affidavit, she has stated that respondent no. 1 did not care about her and neglected to pay any amount towards her and her child’s maintenance. This statement is false considering that u/s 24 HMA, aggrieved has already been granted maintenance. Also while the parties were in domestic relationship, admittedly respondent no.1 was giving Rs. 1500/ to Rs. 2000/ to her as pocket money and other respondents were maintaining the household expenses. Thus, there appears to be no economic abuse.
(vi) Threatening the aggrieved with regard to above stated abuses: There are no allegations with regard to any threats.
(vii) Physical or mental harm: It means any injury or harm, whether mental or physical, caused to the aggrieved person. No medical has been filed by the aggrieved to show any physical harm suffered by her. As far as mental harm/injury is concerned, it appears that she was mentally disturbed by the fact that respondents allegedly were demanding dowry and that she got the impression that respondent no. 1 wanted to remarry. Respondent no. 1 has categorically stated that he never wanted to remarry and he had filed for divorce only because he was tired of the misbehaviour of the aggrieved. Considering that there was no dowry demand, no harassment and no physical abuse suffered by the aggrieved, it cannot be said that she suffered any mental harm or injury. http://evinayak.tumblr.com/ ; https://vinayak.wordpress.com/ ; https://twitter.com/ATMwithDick
- From the entire evidence on record, allegations of the aggrieved have not been proved. They are vague in nature and sufficient proof has not been brought on record. On the other hand, respondent no. 1 has filed his affidavit completely denying the allegations of the aggrieved and he has not been cross examined on those points. It is clear from the evidence that the aggrieved left her matrimonial home with her father at her own will and she was not thrown out. She has herself stated that she came from Lucknow and after 23 days let her matrimonial home. No explanation is given by her. It appears that when she came from Lucknow, she had made up her mind that she would leave her matrimonial home. Further respondent in his cross examination stated that she left the matrimonial house and gave in writing to the police authorities that she was leaving her matrimonial home with her father. Respondent has not been cross examined on this point. Aggrieved has stated at one place that she was living on rent, but at other place, she has stated that she is living with her parents. Contradictory statements make her testimony unreliable. Respondent no. 1 has further stated that there was only one complaint in CAW Cell which was withdrawn by the aggrieved, but aggrieved has stated in her affidavit that he had agreed to take her back, but later flatly refused to do so. Respondent in reply stated that it was the aggrieved, who started misbehaving with him, which was proved before the CAW Cell and the concerned police officer advised him to file for divorce. He further stated in his cross examination that one complaint was also filed at PS Lodhi Colony, but he same was not lodged and aggrieved was sent back after conciliation. Aggrieved has also stated that her sisterinlaw stole her articles from her Almirah, but she has stated that keys of the Almirah were with her husband. It appears that she has made unncessary/baseless allegations against her sisterinlaw just to drag her in the present matter. No FIR/complaint was filed for loss of articles. No reason is given as to why she suspencted her sister in law. It is evident that aggrieved has made false allegations against her sister in law.
In view of the above analysis of submissions, on preponderance of probabilities, it cannot be said that respondents committed domestic violence upon the aggrieved. Hence, her complaint u/s 12 PWDV Act is dismissed. No relief as contemplated under the Act is allowed to the aggrieved.
In view of the above observations the present application u/s 12 PWDV Act is disposed of.
Pronounced in open court
(BHAVNA KALIA) on 19.11.2016
M.M./(Mahila Court)01/South District New Delhi