Laws to protect women being misused: Court
The courts of law cannot permit such an abuse. Needless to say, courts of law would certainly and effectively step in for redressal in order to stop this inappropriate and illegal conduct,” Additional District Judge Kamini Lau said.
The court directed the daughter-in-law and her two children, who are major, to peacefully vacate the property of her mother-in-law in Shastri Nagar here within six months.
“In the meanwhile, till such time they (daugther-in-law and her children) continue to be in possession of the suit property, I hereby restrain defendants… from dispossessing the plaintiff (mother-in-law) forcibly and illegally from property of Shastri Nagar here and from disposing off, selling off or parting with possession of the plaintiffs…,” it said.
The old woman had approached court seeking a decree of permanent injunction by restraining her daughter-in-law and two grand children from forcibly and illegally dispossessing her from her house.
She said in her petition that due to strained relations, her daughter-in-law had left the matrimonial house in 1983 and the couple was legally separated in 1984. A criminal case was lodged against the in-laws in which they were acquitted.
The aged woman said her son died in 2007 after which her daughter-in-law illegally entered her house with her children and refused to vacate it.
The daughter-in-law, in her response, said her mother -in-law has not placed on record any document showing her ownership of the property and claimed that her husband had not given her divorce. So, all his legal heirs had legal right in the property as she had also contributed in constructing the house, she claimed.
The court, however, said it was established that the suit property was in the name of the mother-in-law and on the date of filing of the suit, she was residing there. “It is proved that the defendants have been residing in the suit property as unauthorised occupants,” it said.
“Hence, and in order to safeguard the interest of the mother-in-law and a senior citizen, in the property, I hereby hold that the plaintiff is entitled to relief of possession and injunction as asked for in the plaint,” it said.