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Divorce under Hindu Marriage Act


Grounds for divorce

A petition for divorce may be presented by either the husband or wife for dissolving the marriage on the following grounds:

That the other party

  1. has after the marriage had voluntary sexual intercourse with any other person; or

  1. has after the marriage treated the petitioner with cruelty

  1. has deserted the petitioner for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the petition,

  1. has ceased to be a Hindu by conversion to another religion,

  1. has been incurably of unsound mind or has been continuously or intermittently from a mental disorder that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with such a person,

  1. has been suffering from a virulent and incurable form of leprosy,

  1. has been suffering from venereal disease in a communicable form

  1. has renounced the world by entering any religious order.

  1. Has not been heard of as being alive for a period of seven years or more by persons who would have naturally heard of it, had that party been alive.



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