Yet in another alleged case of misuse of the women protection laws, a woman — software engineer by profession — got married to another man without taking
The first husband has filed a private complaint of bigamy against his 30-year-old wife in the Judicial Magistrate First Class court. The couple got married in May 2005 according to Hindu rituals. They performed marriage without informing the woman’s father, leading to dispute between the two families, which was later settled with police help. According to the bigamy complaint, the man’s father-in-law was not happy with the marriage. In 2010, the wife filed an
The court then passed ex-parte order, which was challenged by her husband but the court observed that this is tactics to prolong the case, and directed her to resume her matrimonial duties with the husband in August 2018.
She did not come back to the husband despite several requests. But there was no divorce either. When the complainant came to know she remarried, he was shocked. The second marriage stands void as per Hindu Marriage Act and under IPC section 494. The second husband filed a petition before the court to declare the marriage null and void and submitted proofs of her first marriage.
She then appeared before the court and stated she took customary divorce (sod-chitti) from the complainant before Kakkayya Samaj, Baramati. In 2012, the complainant’s lawyer proved her claim false. The court asked the woman to file her statement.
Advocate Pushkar Patil, Karishma Patil and Anuj Mantri represented the husband. Advocate Pushkar said, “As soon as the second husband filed nullity petition, the accused filed a domestic violence case against him in a classic example of abuse of law. Our client, her first husband, was already dragged in a false case and was acquitted. The woman remarried without seeking divorce. The judicial officer passed issue process order in the case.”