Sunday, February 26, 2012

Working mothers can have child’s custody: HC

Working mothers can have child’s custody: HC

Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has held that working women take care of their children very well and the argument that they do not get time to attend to kids cannot be a ground for "disturbing" the custody of the child.

These observations were made by justices Vijaya Kapse-Tahilramani and M L Tahaliyani who dismissed a habeas corpus petition filed by a Nagpur resident seeking custody of his five-year-old daughter from his estranged wife on the ground that she had a full time job and would not get time to pay attention to their child.

"Considering the age of the child, we are of the view that keeping the child in the custody of the mother shall be preferable than in the custody of father," the bench noted.

"It is not the case that the father is jobless and he can take care of the child the whole day. Working women take care of their children very well and it should not be the ground for disturbing the custody of the child," the judges observed.

The judges were hearing a petition filed by the husband saying that his wife had deserted him after a fight and had gone to her mother's house, taking along their minor daughter. He urged the court to produce the child and hand over her custody to him.

It was the case of the police that they had not exercised any force and that the husband had forcibly taken away his daughter's custody from the mother. They further said that when they visited the petitioner's house along with the latter's wife, the daughter rushed to meet her mother.

The police said that they had attempted to bring about a compromise between the couple but could not succeed. The petitioner further argued that the child's grandmother was very old and was not in a position to take care of the child. However, no material was placed before the court to prove his claim.

The husband also said that his wife was employed and, therefore, could not take care of their daughter. Hence the child's custody may be given to him. However, the court held that the custody of the child could not be given to the father just because the mother had a full time job.

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Divorce could be in women's genes

Divorce could be in women's genes

Press Trust Of India
London, February 26, 2012

Women, please note -- men may not be always at fault in a divorce. The chances of a successful marriage also depends on a female's genetic make-up, so says a new study.
 This is after researchers at Karolinska Institute in Sweden claim to have, for the first time, identified afemale 'divorce gene' that can predict a rocky marriage and identify women who may struggle to commit to their partner. 

Women who inherit the variation of a common gene are less likely to get married in the first place as they find it harder to bond with other people, the Daily Mail reported.

But if they do marry, they are 50% more likely to report a troubled relationship filled with marital strife. Perhaps unsurprisingly, partners of women with the gene are also more likely to report being unhappy, says the study.

According to the researchers, the gene affects how women process the 'cuddle hormone' oxytocin, which is known to promote feelings of love and maternal affection.

Women produce oxytocin naturally, particularly during childbirth and while breastfeeding. It helps them bond with their baby. But if women cannot process oxytocin properly, they may not be able to bond normally with other people -- including their partners, friends and children, they say.

'We've found evidence that oxytocin can be involved in the regulation of human pair-bonding by showing that variation in the oxytocin receptor gene is linked to how strongly women bond to a partner," lead researcher Hasse Walum said.

In fact, the researchers have based their findings on an analysis of the DNA of more than 1,800 women and their partners. Each couple had been together for more than five years, and were either married or living together.

Women who were identified as carrying the variation of the oxytocin receptor gene, described as the A-allele, were 50% more likely to report 'marital crisis or threat of divorce. Men married to these women were also far less satisfied in their relationships, the study found.