“My husband stinks as he does not shave and bathe"
In a bizarre incident, an Indian wife has sought a divorce from her husband, stating that he does not bath and fails to maintain a hygienic lifestyle.
The 20-year-old woman, a resident of Vaishali district in Bihar, filed a divorce application on January 10, 2020.
In her application to the State Women’s Commission (SWC), Soni Devi said that her 23-year-old husband Manish Ram smells “because he does not shave, take a bath or brush his teeth regularly”.
The SWC took the statement into account and told Ram to sort out his lifestyle issues within two-months or else action will be taken.
SWC member Pratima Sinha explained that Devi’s reason for the divorce application was an unusual one.
She said: “I was taken aback by reasons that were cited for seeking divorce.”
Soni had said that she married plumber Manish in 2017. However, his poor hygiene led to her seeking a divorce.
She alleged: “My husband stinks as he does not shave and bathe for nearly 10 days at a stretch.
“Moreover, he doesn’t brush his teeth. He also doesn’t have manners and follow etiquettes.”
Pratima revealed that Soni had demanded a separation from her husband.
Soni went on to say:
“I don’t want to live with my husband anymore. I can no longer bear the humiliation.”
“Kindly get me rid of this man, he has ruined my life.”
When the couple got married, Soni’s father gave Manish’s family jewellery and other valuables as dowry. The Indian wife has now asked for it back.
Soni told the SWC: “We have no children. Even our relationship as husband and wife is not cordial. Life has no meaning, it’s worthless.”
Pratima explained that she tried to convince the couple not to divorce.
“I have given her husband two months time to mend his ways. If his behaviour is not found satisfactory even after that, we will take appropriate action and refer the matter to the family court for separation.”
While Soni is adamant on a divorce, Manish wanted to remain with his wife. He said he would try to improve his hygiene and to win over his wife’s confidence.
Pratima told Times of India that she will help Soni retrieve the items that were given as dowry.
She said: “At least we can help the woman by pursuing her in-laws’ to return the valuables.
“It’s true that she will have to approach the family court for final separation. We will cooperate with her. But our first priority is to settle the matter.”
Pratima concluded: “Divorce is taken by married couples over petty issues, which is not a good sign.”