The Supreme Court reportedly held that a Hindu son can divorce his wife for cruelty if she stops him from “pious obligation” to provide shelter for them or living with his aged parents.
Justice Anil R Dave reportedly observed that, “She becomes integral to and forms part of the family of the husband and normally without any justifiable strong reason, she would never insist that her husband should get separated from the family and live only with her.” He also insisted that to live separately from his parents is a sort of Western thought and sabotage our culture and ethos.
“It is not a common practice or desirable culture for a Hindu son in India to get separated from his parents on getting married at the instance of the wife, especially when the son is the only earning member in the family. A son, brought up and given education by his parents, has a moral and legal obligation to take care and maintain the parents, when they become old and when they have either no income or have a meagre income,” Justice Dave wrote.
Western thought in India is generally not subscribed and obliged by the people, whereas upon getting married the son should not pry from the “pious obligation.”