VINITA SAXENA Vs. PANKAJ PANDIT
LAWS(SC)-2006-3-78
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA (FROM: DELHI)
Decided on March 21,2006

VINITA SAXENA Appellant
VERSUS
PANKAJ PANDIT Respondents





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JUDGEMENT

Dr. AR. LAKSHMANAN, J. - (1.)Leave granted.
(2.)The above appeal was filed by the appellant, wife of the respondent herein, against the judgment and final order dated 10-9-2004 passed by the High Court of Delhi in F.A.O. No. 235 of 2002 whereby the Civil Writ Petition filed by the appellant was dismissed.
(3.)The short facts are as follows: The marriage between the appellant-Vinita Saxena and the respondent-Pankaj Pandit was solemnized on 7-2-1993 as per Hindu rites and customs. No child was born out of wedlock. The marriage, according to the appellant, lasted for five months and was never consummated on account of the fact that the respondent was incapable of performing his matrimonial obligations. According to the appellant, from the first day of the marriage, the respondents mother treated the appellant with utmost cruelty both mental and physical and that the reason for cruelty was the respondents mental disorder. The respondents case is a case of Paranoid Schizophrenia and the appellant discovered only after the marriage that the respondent was under constant treatment and observations of different doctors even prior to the marriage for the said ailment. Though the appellant knew the respondent prior to her marriage, in fact, it is only after the marriage, the appellant realised and discovered the mental disorder of the respondent. The appellant was never told by the respondent nor his parents that he was suffering from such serious mental disorder and that he was under the treatment and used to take strong medicines before the marriage. According to Dr. C.R. Samanta, who was a consultant psychiatrist at Aashlok Hospital, the respondent was a case of Schizophrenia and depression. On 4-7-1993, the appellant tried to discuss regarding the problems she was facing with the respondent and her mother- in-law, who objected strongly and accused the appellant of defaming the respondent. At her instance, the appellant was beaten mercilessly by the respondent, which made him nervous to the extent that he consumed "Baygon Spray" to commit suicide. The appellant and her brother immediately took the respondent to the hospital in order to save the respondents life. Again, Dr. C.R. Samantha prescribed certain medicines i.e. (1) Triperidol (2) Pacitane (3) Prodep to the respondent. The respondent was hospitalised for four days at Aashlok Hospital, Safdarjung Enclave and was discharged after giving proper treatment on 7-7-1993. According to the appellant, Triperidol is given in case of acute and chronic psychoses anxiety disorders, mania, Schizophrenia as per the medical advise. The situation further became worse on 8-7-1993 and 9-7-1993. Again on the instigation of the respondents mother, the respondent slapped and abused the appellant mercilessly and she was not even allowed to have food that day and the next day morning i.e. on 9-7-1993. On 9-7-1993, the appellant was pushed and kicked out of the matrimonial home by her mother-in-law and the respondent and thereafter, the appellant was not permitted to return again.


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