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Man files for divorce after his wife refused to have sex on honeymoon

By Mason White 12:55 PM March 11, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
A man filed for divorce on the grounds of cruel and inhumane treatment after his wife refused to have sex during a honeymoon trip, a court in India has heard.

At first, the lower court has granted the man a divorce.

However, an appeals court ruled that refusing to have sex on a honeymoon does not amount to intolerable cruelty, nullifying the divorce. The complainant had alleged that his 29-year-old wife failed in the essential obligation of married life by refusing to consummate their union during the four nights of their honeymoon.

The man’s attorney claimed that as a result, his client suffered tremendous mental agony. The husband also complained that his wife goes to work dressed in a shirt and pants.

A family court granted his divorce requested in 2012. The woman appealed to the High Court of Mumbai, which found in her favor. “Married life must be evaluated as a whole, and a few isolated incidents over a certain period, does not amount to cruelty,” the court said in its ruling.