A wife should be like goddess Sita, says the Bombay High Court

Mumbai The Bombay High Court has observed that married women should take a cue from goddess Sita, who followed her husband Lord Ram even during his exile, while hearing a divorce petition on Tuesday, filed by a man on ground that his wife is unwilling to relocate to his new place of work.

"A wife should be like goddess Sita who left everything and followed her husband Lord Ram to a forest and stayed there for 14 years," a division bench of justices P B Majmudar and Anoop Mohta observed while hearing an appeal filed by an employee of the Shipping Corporation of India seeking divorce from his wife on the ground that she was not willing to shift with him to Port Blair where he was transferred.

The couple had an arranged marriage in 2000. While the applicant's wife is a resident of Mumbai, he hails from Kolkata and continued to stay in Mumbai as he had been on ship duty for five years since they tied the knot.

In 2005 when he was given a land posting at Port Blair he called upon his wife to come and stay with him but she refused following which he filed for divorce. The couple has a nine-year-old daughter.

The court during the day tried to counsel the couple saying at least for the child's sake, the duo should reunite.

While the husband agreed to reconsider, the wife shot down  any kind of settlement. The court has posted the matter for further hearing on June 21

Story First Published: May 09, 2012 11:59 IST

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