No divorce if wife is terminally ill: SC

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that divorce cannot be granted to a couple if the wife is terminally ill.

The divorce will not be granted even under mutual consent.

The plea for separation can be considered only after the wife gets well, the Supreme Court ruled.

A bench headed by MY Eqbal refused a divorce petition of a husband even though the wife agreed to the proposal after the court came to know that she was suffering from advanced stage of cancer and she required immediate medical care.

“Hindu marriage is a sacred and holy union of husband and wife by virtue of which the wife is completely transplanted in the household of her husband and takes a new birth. It is a combination of bone to bone and flesh to flesh. To a Hindu wife her husband is her God and her life becomes one of the selfless service and profound dedication to her husband. She not only shares the life and love, but the joys and sorrows, the troubles and tribulation of her husband and becomes an integral part of her husband’s life and activities” the bench said.


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