\Pune: In a landmark decision of its kind, the Apex Court upheld Mumbai High Court’s order, ordering a daughter-in-law to pay rent to her mother-in-law for illegally occupying the house. The order was passed by the SC on Monday, 19th July 2010.
The Supreme Court comprising of a bench of Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma has upheld the order of the Mumbai High Court, where a woman was asked to pay the dues to her Mother-in-law, who happens to be the owner of the property. This property was illegally possessed by the daughter-in-law by approaching the court with unclean hands in a divorce case filed by the woman Manisha (name changed) against her husband Deepak (name changed) who is based out of Pune currently.
The High Court bench comprising of Justice D.B. Bhosale, had directed the petitioner Manisha to pay rent for a period of 12 months at Rs. 5,000/- per month for the period in which she and her parents had illegally occupied the flat. The High Court also noted the fact that the Domestic Violence Act was being severely misused by women to grab property of husbands and in-laws.
“I have lost precious five years of my youth and my career because of this litigation. At the end, even if I won the case, I will never get these peak years back. Who is responsible for my lost years? Who is going to take the onus of returning the lost happiness of my parents at their old age? However, I am extremely thankful to my counsel Mrs. Seema Dhavale for helping me to get justice” Deepak signs off.
Says Atit Rajpara, member of Save Indian Family Foundation, a men’s rights organization, “This order by the Apex Court comes to rescue for those countless men who are not only facing rampant domestic violence from their wives but are also unable to get any respite due to hostile social situation pit against men. As per National Crime Records Bureau, in the last 12 years i.e. 1996 – 2008, 170,000 husbands have committed suicide directly due to Domestic Violence. Yet, there is no law in India to protect men from Domestic Violence.”
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