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Sathayee Vs. Angappa Kone - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectFamily
CourtChennai High Court
Decided On
Case NumberCriminal Revn. Case No. 1344 and Cri. Revn. Petn. No. 1269 of 1949
Judge
Reported inAIR1951Mad719; (1951)IMLJ91
ActsCode of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) , 1898 - Sections 488
AppellantSathayee
RespondentAngappa Kone
Appellant AdvocateC.S. Venkatachari and ;D. Ramaswami Iyengar, Advs.
Respondent AdvocateV. Parthasarathy and ;S. Krishnamurthi, Advs.;Public Prosecutor
Excerpt:
- .....admitted custom of the community to which the parties belong a man, after marriage, lives in his wife's family house, & becomes a part of it. he manages the properties of his wife & mother-in-law & should consider himself as a member of that family. the resp.'s case is that on account of misunderstandings & exchange of words he went away from his wife's house to kanappamendal & has been living there ever since. it is not his case that the petnr., or her mother had made it irksome or impossible for him, to live with his wife. therefore the desertion is by the reap. & it is not a case of the wife driving out the husband from her roof. if the custom of the community which has been recognised as legally enforceable is to be accepted, then the resp. has to look after the wife by living in.....
Judgment:
ORDER

Govinda Menon, J.

1. The order of the learned Sub-Divisional Mag. dismissing the appln. is unsustainable. According to the admitted custom of the community to which the parties belong a man, after marriage, lives in his wife's family house, & becomes a part of it. He manages the properties of his wife & mother-in-law & should consider himself as a member of that family. The resp.'s case is that on account of misunderstandings & exchange of words he went away from his wife's house to Kanappamendal & has been living there ever since. It is not his case that the petnr., or her mother had made it irksome or impossible for him, to live with his wife. Therefore the desertion is by the reap. & it is not a case of the wife driving out the husband from her roof. If the custom of the community which has been recognised as legally enforceable is to be accepted, then the resp. has to look after the wife by living in her house, & if he does not do so, he will be liable to an order ofmaintenance under Section 488, Cr. P. C. Therefore I direct that if the repp. returns to the petnr.'s house before 16 1-1951 & lives there, as he used to do looking after the properties, tending the goats & sheep, & augmenting the income, then he will not be liable to pay any maintenance. In default of the reap, doing so, he will be bound to pay a sum of Rs. 10 p. m. to the petnr. as maintenance.


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