New Delhi, Apr 8: The Supreme Court on Saturday said that a wife is not a chattel or an object which can be forced to reside with her husband. While hearing a matter in which a woman, who lodged a criminal case against her husband alleging cruelty, the apex court said,”She is not a chattel (personal property). You (man) cannot force her. She does not want to live with you. How can you say that you will live with her.”

A bench comprising justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta asked the man to re-consider his decision and desire to reside with his wife in view of the categorical statement by the woman’s counsel that she does not want to live with him.

“You better re-consider it,” the bench told the man. Hitting out at the man’s counsel, the bench further said,”How can he (man) be so unreasonable? He is treating her as a chattel. She is not an object.”

The court then posted the matter for hearing on August 8. The man’s counsel told the court that he would try to persuade him in this regard.

Meanwhile, the lawyer representing the woman told the bench that she want to get divorce on the ground of cruelty.”We are ready to withdraw the 498A (subjecting a married woman to cruelty) IPC case. We do not want any alimony also. She do not want to live with him,” her counsel said.


(With PTI inputs )