the woman was suspicious of her husband as he was distant
An Indian wife filed a case against her husband after she caught him having a gay relationship.
The incident took place at their home in Bhilai Nagar, Chhattisgarh.
On Saturday, February 22, 2020, the unnamed woman registered a case against her husband before Durg district court. She also filed a complaint against her in-laws under various sections, including cheating and dowry harassment.
The woman claimed that if she went to the police with her complaint, only a case of harassment would be filed.
The woman explained that she has been married since 2016. She is an HR manager while her husband works as a software engineer.
When she got married, her in-laws had taken Rs 25 Lakh (£27,000) and household items from her parents as dowry.
It was reported that the woman was suspicious of her husband as he was distant with her. He has kept his distance from his wife since their marriage.
The woman found out about her husband’s gay relationship when she returned home early.
One day, the woman returned home early from the office. She entered the house and went into the bedroom where she found her husband with his lover.
It was revealed that the lover was a friend of the husband.
When he saw the woman, the husband quickly got up and began assaulting his wife.
He then threatened to kill the Indian wife if she spoke about his affair.
Following the assault, the woman immediately called the police. Officers arrived at the house and took the husband into custody.
The woman went on to approach the court in a bid to have her case registered. The investigation against the husband and his parents is ongoing.
While this matter was a homosexual affair, the case was not registered because of the relationship, however, it would have been in 2018.
Gay sex in India had been a criminal offence until September 6, 2018.
The ruling by the Supreme Court overturned a 2013 judgement that upheld a colonial-era law, known as Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, under which gay sex is categorised as an “unnatural offence”.
India’s Supreme Court ruled homophobic discrimination as a fundamental violation of rights.
The law was rarely enforced in full but could carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Although it was rare someone would be severely punished, it was argued that it helped spread a culture of fear and repression within the LGBT community.
Law professor and LGBT advocate Danish Sheikh said:
“A change in legislation will create a space of freedom where you can start expecting justice.”