Petition to live with 'wife' quashed

Published: 12th September 2013 10:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th September 2013 10:10 AM   |  A+A-

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday dismissed a habeas corpus petition filed by a physically challenged man seeking the court to direct his alleged wife to live with him.

A division bench comprising justices N K Patil and H S Kempanna dismissed the suo motu habeas corpus petition filed based on a letter written by physically challenged Ebenezer after his alleged wife refused to accept him as husband.

Ebenezer (50) lost his legs in an accident and allegedly begged in the front of a church at Madiwala. Sandhya Roop (45) of Tamil Nadu, after her husband’s death in 2000, settled in a slum here in 2004. She became acquainted with Ebenezer during her visits to the church and lived with him for a while. However, unable to bear his torture, she left him.

On August 29, Ebenezer filed a complaint with the Madiwala police stating that his wife was missing. The police brought Sandhya to the police station and questioned her about her relationship with him. However, she refused to acknowledge him as husband.

Meanwhile, Ebenezer, in a letter addressed to the High Court on September 3, alleged that the Madiwala police did not take his complaint seriously. The court summoned Madiwala police and Sandhya.

She maintained that Ebenezer was not her husband. Later, the bench dismissed his petition as he was  not able to produce any proof that she was his wife.


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