A man filed for a divorce after his wife only served him Maggi noodles.
Principal district and sessions court judge ML Raghunath said that couples file for divorce over petty issues
“The husband said his wife did not know how to prepare any food other than Maggi noodles. It was noodles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He complained that his wife went to the provision store and brought only instant noodles,” he was quoted by the media saying.
Raghunath was the district judge in Ballari when he heard the “Maggi case“. He said the couple eventually got divorced on mutual consent.
The judge added that settling matrimonial disputes is difficult, and most reunions happen because couples consider the future of their children.
“We use sentiments to bring a compromise among couples and reunite them. It is more of a psychological issue than a physical one. In most cases, though couples reunite, the scars of their dispute remain. Out of 800-900 matrimonial cases, we succeed in about 20-30 cases. In the previous Lok Adalat, of around 110 divorce cases, reunion happened in just 32 cases,” he said.
“Divorce cases are increasing drastically over the years. Couples have to stay together for at least a year before seeking a divorce. If there was no such law, there would be divorce petitions filed directly from wedding halls,” he added.
He revealed that courts have received divorce cases for many bizarre reasons – for not talking with the partner, for putting salt on the wrong side of the plate, stitching the wrong color wedding suit, not taking the wife out, etc.
“We get divorce petitions more from urban areas than rural parts. In rural areas, village panchayats intervene and settle the problems. Women have no independence and their fear of society and family sentiments forces them to cope with the situation. But in cities, women are educated and financially independent,” the judge said.