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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
  2. has after the marriage treated the petitioner with cruelty
  3. has deserted the petitioner for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the petition,
  4. has ceased to be a Hindu by conversion to another religion,
  5. 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,
  6. has been suffering from a virulent and incurable form of leprosy,
  7. has been suffering from venereal disease in a communicable form
  8. has renounced the world by entering any religious order.
  9. 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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