• Don’t treat daughter-in-laws as maid: SC

    May 19, 2016

    The situation in the country relating to safety of daughter-in-laws has been pathetic. If reports are to be believed, the safety is abysmal to say the least. The Supreme Court of India has taken notice of this fact and has issued a statement saying that the daughter-in-law should be treated as a family member and not housemaid, and she cannot be “thrown out of her matrimonial home at any time”.
    A bench of justices KS Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra said a bride must be respected in her matrimonial home as it “reflects the sensitivity of a civilized society.”

    “A daughter-in-law is to be treated as a member of the family with warmth and affection and not as a stranger with respectable and ignoble indifference. She should not be treated as a house maid. No impression should be given that she can be thrown out of her matrimonial home at any time,” the Court said.
    The Apex Court expressed while concern over instances of brides being burnt and tortured in the country.
    “Respect of a bride in her matrimonial home glorifies the solemnity and sanctity of marriage, reflects the sensitivity of a civilized society and eventually epitomizes her aspirations dreamt of in nuptial bliss. “But the manner in which sometimes the bride is treated in many a home by the husband, in-law and the relatives creates a feeling of emotional numbness in society,” it said.
    The Supreme Court was listening to a case where a seven-year sentence to a man for torturing his wife, who later committed suicide, was withheld. The court looked down on such cases and expressed grief that such instances are increasing where the wife is treated with complete insensitivity and it led to her desire to live to be crushed.    
    “It is a matter of grave concern and shame that brides are burned or otherwise their life-sparks are extinguished by torture, both physical and mental, because of demand of dowry and insatiable greed and sometimes, sans demand of dowry, because of cruelty and harassment meted out to the nascent brides, treating them with total insensitivity, destroying their desire to live and forcing them to commit suicide, a brutal self-humiliation of life,”


    The matter is a grave one and is prevalent in many parts of the society in India. The social evil is as visible in the urban parts of India as in the rural parts. The evil has claimed the lives of many, and if not stopped, will continue to maraud the lives of many more. Steps need to be taken to make the general public aware of such evils and make it a socially unacceptable notion. Every individual has a right to live and to bring someone to a point where their desire to live vanishes, amounts to criminal doing.

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