'Reluctance to cook by wife not valid reason for divorce'

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Madurai, Feb 24 (UNI) The Madras High Court has ruled that disinclination to cook food by wife cannot be considered a valid reason for granting divorce.

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court headed by Justice G Rajasurya while dismissing an appeal filed by an engineer hailing from Kanniyakumari, who had sought divorce from his wife observed that by no stretch of imagination, a wife's unwillingness to cook could be a ground for divorce. It did not amount to physical or mental cruelty.

The engineer, who got married in 1999, submitted in his petition that his wife refused to cook as she feared handling knives and it amounted to physical and mental cruelty, a ground for divorce.

A Principal Sub-Judge in Nagercoil granted him divorce during 2004. A District Judge, however, reversed the order in the year 2006 on a petition filed by the his wife, expressing desire to live with him and hence this appeal.

The Court held that it was crystal clear that the temperament of the husband towards the wife was not proper.

Justice Rajasurya observed that the petitioner took his wife as suffering from psychiatric problem and that she deliberately avoided cooking. His attitude was the root of the marital discord.

The engineer also contended that his wife was not cooperative in establishing conjugal relationship and her repulsive and eccentric behaviour had affected the calm at his house.

The judge observed that the husband had chosen to use harsh terms against his wife and had she not been cooperative, how could she conceive and deliver a child within two years of marriage.

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