Narayan ganesh dastane v. Sucheta narayan dastane: Case Comment

Author: Rudrabhishek ChauhanSchool of Law, Galgotias University.

Court: The Supreme Court of India

AIR 1975 1534

Decided On: 19/03/1975

Facts: The appellant is Narayan Ganesh Dastane, a proficient and qualified man who worked on various exercises on a national and worldwide level. The Respondent is Sucheta who is a learned woman whose father capacities as an Under Secretary in the Ministry of the Government of India.

In April 1956, the Respondent’s people engineered her marriage with the Appellant. The Respondent’s father sent letters to the Appellant before settling the marriage lighting up him as for a scene where the Respondent encountered a horrible attack of sunstroke which affected her state of mind for a long time which she recovered from and referred to cerebral wilderness fever as another reason behind the short decline of her psychological well-being. He further communicated that she was managed and reestablished at the Yeravada Mental Hospital, and mentioned that the Appellant discussion about the issue with the pros at the recently referenced medical clinic, which the Appellant followed and upon the Doctor’s confirmation of the Respondent’s father’s declaration, he didn’t make any further demands at the Yeravada Mental Hospital.

In March 1957, a young lady was bound to the couple whom they named Shubha, and on March 21, 1959, a second young lady Vibha was imagined.

In January 1961, the Respondent went to go to the Appellant’s kin’s association with Poona. The Appellant got the Respondent investigated by Dr. Seth, an advisor at the Yeravada Hospital, around this time. The Respondent didn’t cooperate with the Appellant’s undertaking to get her checked, and as indicated by the Appellant’s case, the Respondent promised to advise Dr. Seth anyway didn’t complete as she acknowledged that the Appellant was concocting an example of unsound character against her. They lived separately until February 1961, yet the Respondent was multi month’s pregnant when her relationship with her significant other was focused.

During the Appellant’s stay in Delhi, he stayed in contact with the Police mentioning security as he feared his life was in danger from the Respondent’s people and relatives. They rapidly interfaced with each other which was another open entryway where the social events hurled more venom at each other, and the Respondent energized his requesting for Police protection on a subsequent day.

The Respondent kept an eye on a letter to the Appellant grumbling against his direct and mentioning support for herself and her daughters. The Respondent in a like manner created a letter to the Secretary, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, communicating that the Appellant had left her, treated her with uncommon cruelty, and moved toward the Government to autonomously suit her upkeep. Her declaration with respect to the Appellant’s insidious treatment and renunciation was recorded by an ASP. The recorded verbalizations and cross-fights among the social affairs was purposeless and didn’t bear any normal item.

In August 1961, a third young lady named Vibha was bound to the family. The Appellant stayed in contact with the Respondent’s father protesting of the Respondent’s immediate and imparted regret for not being extended an authentic welcome for the naming capacity of his own adolescent.

On December 15, 1961, the Appellant taught the Respondent’s father that he has moved the Court for searching for the segment from the Respondent.

On February 19, 1962, procedures were built up in the Trial Court where the Appellant mentioned the refutation of his marriage under §12 (1)(c), Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 (HMA) on the ground that his assent was obtained by blackmail. The Appellant guaranteed that the Respondent was treated at Yeravada Mental Hospital for Schizophrenia and the Respondent’s father misleadingly addressed the state of her psychological well-being to him to procure his assent. Then again, he mentioned detachment under §13 (1)(iii), HMA, on the ground that the Respondent was of unsound character. Then again, the Appellant mentioned legitimate parcel under §10(1)(b) on the ground that the Respondent had treated him with cruelty which made a sensible fear in his mind that his life is under risk if he lives with her.

Issues Before the Supreme Court

1. Whether or not the Burden of Proof of cruelty lies on the Petitioner or not?

2. Whether or not the realities must be developed past sensible vulnerability in conjugal issues?

3. Whether or not the show of sex signifies the recommendation of cruelty?

Appellant’s Arguments

The Respondent was treated at Yeravada Mental Hospital for Schizophrenia and the Respondent’s father misleadingly addressed the state of her psychological well-being to him to get his assent.

The Respondent would lose her temper and would insult the Appellant, his people, and his entire family for which she would later apologize, yet it was a common occasion.

The Respondent treated the life partner and the young ladies bound to the social events savagely and would do various acts to inconvenience the Appellant at the two his workplace and at his home. The Respondent watched out for various letters to her family and her significant other indicating her problematic viewpoint and castigating the Appellant and his family, his worth, his decency, etc.

Respondent’s Arguments

The various letters containing attestations were created by her under terrorizing proceeded from the Appellant himself. The Appellant is abusing his own wrong and doesn’t fulfill the conditions as under §23(1). The Appellant mentioned of his significant other an endlessly unbendable standard of lead and right now her to exhibit in the way that she did. He should not be allowed to abuse his own special wrongs. The Appellant busy with sexual relations with the Respondent which realized her 3-month pregnancy at the hour of her leaving their wrecked home, which means an endorsement of cruelty.

The end was drawn that the High Court mistakenly explored the proof and estimated conditions as opposed to drawing a conclusion. The standard technique is to remand the issue to the High Court which contemplated proof yet to keep up a key good ways from further deferment of the system, the Supreme Court itself went into the proof. The weight of confirmation lays on a specialist in a conjugal issue, as it is less complex to exhibit a positive verbalization (by the attestation of reality) than by a negative clarification (by renouncing a reality). The Petitioner bears the commitment to show that the Respondent treated him with cruelty inside the significance of §10 (1)(b), HMA. The High Court held that the Petitioner must exhibit his case past a sensible vulnerability, which wasn’t directly as the standard overseeing common procedures is that a developed truth is to be shown by ‘prevalence of probabilities’. As per §3, Evidence Act, a reality is said to be exhibited when the Court confides in it to exist or is highly conceivable that a sensible man ought to acknowledge that it exists.

For the subject of cruelty, §10(1)(b) was made an interpretation of which kept an eye on the request – whether or not the direct charged as cruelty is adequate to cause a sensible dread in the mind of the candidate. The request chooses if the exhibition of living respectively with the Respondent would wind up being hazardous or harming the Appellant’s life, extremity or wellbeing or as to offer climb to sensible anxiety of risk. The standard used to choose if the Respondent’s show means cruelty isn’t settled on a choice dependent on a sensible man or a man of normal sensibilities, yet whether the exhibition impacted the mistreated mate.


In the present case, the Appellant’s question regarding his significant other beings of unsound character was made by him. The contest concerning the Respondent conveying cruelty on the Appellant has been exhibited to exist, yet the Appellant’s showing of partaking in sex with the Respondent signifies approval of cruelty as indicated by law. After the exhibitions of cruelty have been affirmed, for the Appellant’s cases as for cruelty to have held ground, the Respondent’s ensuing direct should be as grave or to the degree of her past showings of cruelty. The Respondent was glad to offer reparation and return to the family shared by the two social occasions and she comprehended her blunders. The Appellant bolstered the Respondent after which she didn’t act in the manner she did before the approval. The Respondent won’t be held subject for cruelty.