Calcutta High Court: Wife’s Property Sale Without Husband’s Permission Not Cruelty

The Calcutta High Court ruled that a wife selling property in her name without her husband’s permission is not considered cruelty. The court overturned a divorce decree granted to the husband in 2014, citing cruelty and desertion. The judges noted that both spouses were educated, and the wife’s decision to sell property in her name without seeking her husband’s approval did not constitute cruelty. The court emphasized that a wife has the right to make decisions about her property without needing her husband’s permission. The ruling aimed to promote gender equality and rejected notions of male dominance in society. The court also dismissed claims of desertion and upheld the sanctity of the marriage.