Delhi high court has observed that it is very troubling to see the growing trend of filing rape cases against the husband’s male family member in matrimonial dispute to exert pressure on them.
In a recent case, a woman filed an FIR against her father-in-law for raping her due to a matrimonial dispute. The high court has said that this is done only to put pressure on the husband’s family. The court has also noticed that in marital disputes there is a growing trend to file a complaint by the woman against a male member of the husband’s family for an offense under section 376 of the Indian Penal Code.
After that, when the court was hearing the petition of the husband and other male members of the family to order to revoke the FIR, the woman told the high court that the settlement has been made between her and her husband and she does not want to pursue the proceedings in such regard.
The judge said that even though there was an allegation of rape against the father-in-law, no useful purpose would be served by continuing the present proceedings. It was also noticed that the husband agreed to pay a sum of Rs. 65,00,000 to wife to settle down full and final claims, including stridhan, dowry articles, and maintenance.
The FIR has been quashed because the parties have settled their marital dispute before the Delhi High Court Mediation & Conciliation Centre.
Later, the divorce petition was filed by mutual consent of the parties before the family court so that the court declared this marriage null and void.