SC shows concern over increase in divorce, separation cases

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New Delhi, Nov 19 (UNI) The Supreme Court has expressed serious concern over increasing number of divorce and separation cases flooding the courts.

A bench comprising Justices Arijit Pasayat and G S Singhvi while deciding a petition in connection with the custody of a child has requested courts across the country to lay emphasis on saving the homes while deciding divorce cases.

Justice Pasayat in his judgement for the bench noted, ''It is a disturbing phenomenon that a large number of cases seeking divorce and judicial separation are flooding the courts.

The courts while deciding such cases must try to save home and allow divorce petition only in cases where the relationship has been irretrievably broken down.

People must have faith in humanity. If few drops in an ocean are dirty, the entire ocean does not become dirty.

Home should not be an arena for ego clashes and in marriage there must be physical and mental union.'' The apex court dismissed the petition of a husband holding him guilty of contempt of court for defying the court's order and directed him to hand over the custody of the child to its mother.

The Supreme Court has also imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000 on the petitioners.

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