NEW DELHI: A man, separated from wife for last 17 years and repeatedly refused divorce by courts, was on Monday told by the Supreme Court that he may have to live with the rest of his life with a dead marriage as it appears that God willed it that way.
“If this is the will of God,” said a Bench comprising Justices B N Agrawal, G S Singhvi and J M Panchal dismissing a petition by Narinder Kumar Verma seeking divorce on the ground that the burden of a dead marriage imposed on him was violating his right to life guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution.
The Bench said it was helpless as Verma’s petition seeking divorce was rejected followed by dismissal of his review and curative petitions, which meant that the order of the apex court declining him divorce has attained finality.
Appearing for the petitioner, senior advocate S B Sanyal said the question before the apex court was not to go afresh into the rejection of the appeal, review and curative, but to consider whether a person be tied down to a dead marriage and not allowed to make a fresh beginning.
Explaining the fall-out of continuing a dead marriage, Sanyal said if the husband, who was taking care of his two daughters for nearly two decades, dies, then the wife would also take a share of his property without even contributing a bit into the grooming of the children.
Source: The Times of India