PUNE: "Complete breakdown of joint family system is the main reason for rise in matrimonial cruelty cases. The rise in cruelty cases is a sensitive issue and sounds an alarm bell to cope with these cases," said Supreme Court Justice Navin Sinha.
He was speaking at a national workshop on 'The laws relating to cruelty in India' recently organised by Bharati Vidyapeeth's (BVP) New Law College, Pune at their campus.
Justice Sinha stated that cruelty cases are more complicated than cases under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which deals with murder.
Justice Sinha cited examples wherein zero tolerance, lack of adjustment and compromise led to unsuccessful marriages. "To have a successful marriage both have to compromise, accept each other, be tolerant, adjustable and not take each other for granted. They should have equal respect for each other. Due to rise in use of mobile phones, media and social media, issues in marriage have grown up in both urban and rural areas," said Justice Sinha.
Justice Sinha also spoke about Section 498 A of IPC which punishes cruelty by husband or his relative to a woman with imprisonment for up to three years and fine. "Cases of cruelty should be handled and solved immediately. Cruelty matters are the mixture of 'Sociology and Law'. Whether Section 498 A is a crime in a traditional sense or a social problem, is a question to be answered. Cases of deviant behaviour are different than cruelty in physical nature," he added.
Mukund Sarda, Dean and Principal of New Law College highlighted this year's SC judgments on gender justice by introducing Right to Privacy, Triple Talaq and relief in six months period for divorce cases.
Advocate Abhat Nevagi, founder and Managing Partner of Abhay Nevagi and Associates and Rajendra Anbhule, Supreme Court advocate were present at the event.