Delhi HC says 'fat elephant' taunt is grounds for divorce

New Delhi: Delhi High Court has dismissed a woman’s plea challenging a special court order passing a divorce decree in favour of her husband, who had alleged cruelty on her part on several counts including calling him a ‘fat elephant’.

“The other incidents established on record by the respondent/husband, by themselves, constitute sufficient evidence of the respondent being subjected to cruelty by the appellant. The calling of names and hurling of abuses such as ‘Hathi’, ‘Mota Hathi’ and ‘Mota Elephant’ by the appellant in respect of her husband, even if he was overweight, is bound to strike at his self respect and self esteem,” Justice Vipin Sanghi said, while upholding the lower court’s October 20, 2012 divorce decree.

The other incidents of marital discord that the court referred to included the woman “taunting” her husband “for not being able to satiate her sexual desire on account of his being heavy weight” and slapping him and asking him to leave the house.

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