Indian wives possessive of husbands cannot agree to share them: Allahabad High Court

The Allahabad High Court observed that a married woman is extremely possessive of her husband and cannot bear to share him with others.

The Allahabad High Court observed that for a woman, her husband marrying another woman in secret is “sufficient reason” to end her life.

In its submissions while dismissing a petition, the Allahabad High Court said on Monday that a married woman is extremely possessive of her husband and cannot bear to share him with others.

Judge Rahul Chaturvedi’s bench made the observation when upholding a trial court order rejecting a request for release filed by a man accused of abetting his wife’s suicide. The court went on to say that the defendant, Sushil Kumar, had married for the third time and that was apparently the only reason his wife committed suicide.

The court added that for a woman, her husband marrying another woman in secret is “sufficient reason” to end his life.

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“They (Indian women) are literally possessive of their husbands. It would be the greatest shock to any married woman if her husband was shared by another woman or married another woman. In such an embarrassing situation, it would be impossible to expect them to be sane. Exactly the same thing happened in this case as well,” the bench said, as quoted by LiveLaw.

The case concerns an instant review petition filed by the husband of the woman who died by suicide. The deceased woman had filed an instant FIR at Manduadih police station in Varanasi against her husband Sushil Kumar and all six members of his family under several sections of the IPC. This included charges of willfully causing injury, criminal intimidation and remarrying while the spouse was alive.

In the FIR, the woman alleged that her husband was already married with two children, but he married for the third time without divorcing. She also said she was assaulted and mentally tortured by her husband and in-laws.

Shortly after filing the FIR, the woman allegedly consumed poison and died. The police opened an investigation and filed a complaint against the husband and his family members. The accused first filed a motion for discharge with the trial court, which was dismissed.

They then approached the High Court in Allahabad. Stating that there was sufficient evidence to prosecute the defendants, the High Court dismissed their plea.

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