Couple Files 60 Cases Against Each Other In 41 Years Of Marriage, Supreme Court Says “Some People Like Fighting”
It’s completely normal for a couple to face challenges in their marriage and have fights and arguments. But imagine filing multiple court cases against each other over marital discord. Well, that’s exactly what happened with a couple. In a shocking case, a couple married for 41 years had filed 60 cases against each other. The couple had been married for 30 years and separated for 11 years. While hearing the case, the Supreme Court of India noted the ‘ingenuity’ of the lawyers and said that some people just like fighting and being in court as they don’t get sleep at night if they don’t see the court. And we must add, we do agree with the court. I mean, what on Earth is going on here!
While hearing the case, a bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana was informed by the petitioner’s lawyer that the couple has filed a total of 60 cases between each other in their 41 years of marriage. Responding to it, Justice Hima Kohli was quoted by LiveLaw saying, “The ingenuity of the lawyers has to be marked, 60 cases between a husband and a wife!” The counsel for the petitioner urged the court to refer the matter to the mediation centre to which the CJI said that some people simply like fighting. “What to do. Some people like fighting, they want to always be in court. If they don’t see court, they don’t get sleep,” he said, according to LiveLaw.
The counsel for the petitioner, who happens to be the father-in-law, submitted that both, the Trial and High Court have observed that the relationship between the petitioner’s son and his wife has been estranged while pointing out that the respondent has accused the father-in-law of sexual harassment. The advocate further added that because of the accusation, it’s not possible for the family to stay together in the same house and this is why they are ready to provide a similar accommodation to the wife in the same area. After hearing the case, the Supreme Court Bench was referred the matter to the Delhi High Court Arbitration and Mediation Centre after both parties agreed to go for mediation. The Bench has asked the Organising Secretary to refer the matter to a mediator and speed up the proceedings and submit a report within 6 weeks.
When the court asked if the wife was willing to go for a comprehensive settlement, the counsel for the woman submitted that she is willing to go for mediation but at the same time, she does not want the proceedings of the case filed before the High Court to be stayed. He went on to add that the High Court had earlier permitted the wife to stay in her matrimonial home but she was locked on the first floor. In response, the Bench noted that the wife cannot have mediation while arguing cases in different courts while adding that mediation is a time-bound process. “It appears you’re very much interested in fighting. You can’t have both. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Mediation is time-bound,” the bench told the respondent’s counsel.
TBH, it is shocking to see a couple filing 60 court cases against each other in a country where we’re all scared to even file one due to the legalities and paperwork involved. These two sure seem to have a serious problem with each other. We really hope the mediation works for them,