High Court Upholds Right to Privacy in Marriage Disputes
The foundation of a successful marital relationship lies in trust, compatibility, and shared beliefs. Mutual faith between spouses is equally crucial for the prosperity of a marriage. In cases where doubt and suspicion creep in, the entire relationship can crumble. The Chhattisgarh High Court recently delivered a significant judgment in one such case, highlighting the importance of trust between spouses and the consequences of breaching that trust.
The Lengthy Dispute
The legal dispute in question dates back to 2019 when a 44-year-old man approached the family court, alleging his wife’s infidelity. To support his claim, he presented his wife’s call records as evidence. He sought a divorce on the grounds of her alleged unfaithfulness and argued that he should not be liable to provide maintenance due to the alleged betrayal.
The family court sided with the husband, accepting his argument and deeming him exempt from providing maintenance. This legal battle persisted for several years, keeping the case pending.
Chhattisgarh High Court’s Verdict
In 2022, the wife filed a petition in the Chhattisgarh High Court seeking maintenance from the pending case since 2019. The court, during its deliberation, made a significant ruling. It stated that recording a wife’s phone calls without her consent constitutes a breach of her right to privacy. The judgment not only upholds the sanctity of her personal belongings, including her mobile phone, but also imposes penalties for such intrusions.
In line with this ruling, the husband was directed to pay maintenance of ₹55,000 to his wife. This case stands as a testament to the importance of trust and privacy within marital relationships, emphasizing the consequences of breaching these fundamental principles.