A Delhi court recently ordered a man and his wife to leave the home of his parents. The man’s mother stated that the man and his wife had been torturing and harassing her, in addition to bringing a dog home against her will. The mother alleged that her son had provoked the dog to attack her and had been using it to make her feel uncomfortable and anxious in her own home.

Additional Sessions Judge Arul Verma issued a ruling on the mother’s criminal appeal under Section 29 of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 (PWDV Act), against the lower court’s decision allowing her son and daughter-in-law to live in a room of her home, enjoining them from entering or staying there altogether.

The court noted that in this particular case, the parents already had a number of health issues, and the stress brought on by their kid was making matters worse. Regarding the dog issue, the Court said

“Ironically, the dog “Luv” was also the source of dispute. The mother stated that she had breathing problems, so it’s likely that the dog’s presence made her feel uneasy. Some individuals adore dogs, while others may have an aversion or even detest them. The mother may find it unsettling in this situation if the dog wanders into the kitchen or prayer room.”

As part of its decision-making process, the court considered the fact that the man and his wife may have a separate lodging. The couple moving to that house would only bring peace and harmony, the court remarked, adding that there is another residence in the name of the man’s wife.

Only as a temporary measure, the restraint order has been approved. The mother started legal actions under the PWDV Act, and the court stated that they will remain in force only until the matter is fully resolved by the Trial Court.

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