The Kerala High Court has made a significant ruling in a divorce case, asserting that women are not subservient to their mothers and mothers-in-law and that their decisions hold equal value. This statement was made by Justice Devan Ramachandran while reviewing a family court judgment that had dismissed a divorce petition as mere “ordinary wear and tear.”
Challenging Patriarchal Norms
The family court order had urged estranged spouses to prioritize the “sanctity of married life” by resolving their differences. However, the Kerala High Court identified deep-rooted patriarchal undertones in the judgment and deemed it out of touch with the ethos of 2023.
A Woman’s Autonomy
The crux of the matter revolved around the family court order calling on the wife to heed the counsel of her mother and mother-in-law. In response, Ramachandran emphasized that a woman’s decisions should not be considered inferior to those of her mother or mother-in-law.
A New Era of Empowerment
The Kerala High Court’s ruling marks a turning point, emphasizing the importance of women’s autonomy and rights. It challenges traditional norms that have often undermined the agency of women within the family structure.
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