The notion of the wife being husband’s property is still persistent in society: BOMBAY HIGH COURT

In a case where the husband kills his wife with a hammer on a plea of sudden and grave provocation; refusing to make tea is held to be ludicrous. It is unsustainable. The husband strikes his wife with a hammer for suspecting her character. The Bombay high court justice Revati Mohite Dere has this opinion that the old age notion of the husband; that they deem their wife as their personal property nowadays still persists. This is a clear case of denial on the part of the husband.

These types of cases show the imbalance of gender in a marital relationship the wife is expected to do only household activities. The wife always does emotional labor in a marriage that what court contents the courts relies on testimonies of 6 yr old child and on the blood-stained hammer. The child witnesses her parents quarreling and her father striking her mother and then cleaning the bloodstains. Justice Revati says that the husband could have saved the life of his wife but instead, he chooses to clean his crime. On this contention, the courts reject the plea of culpable homicide and sentence him to murder. In the same view, the court quotes that this is the man who mistook his wife for chattel.

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