CHENNAI: Weeks after a Madras High Court judge wondered if all would-be grooms ought to be subjected to impotency test, another divorce case has been filed making various charges, including impotency. Twenty-four-year old Hemavathy (name changed) of Otteri moved a Family Court in the Madras High Court premises seeking divorce from her 28-year-old husband, who she alleged was impotent.
Hemavathy was married to R Sankaran (name changed) of Chinna Kancheepuram in February last. They were living in the groom’s house in Chinna Kancheepuram, along with her mother-in-law. She was working in a private company in Esplanade in Chennai and commuted by train from Kancheepuram daily. Her husband used to drop her at the station in the morning and take her back home in the evening.
On July 9 last, after attending a local marriage function with all her jewellery, Hemavathy went to Chennai. She never returned. Instead, Sankaran received summons directing him to appear before the Principal Family Court Judge, on September 23. He learnt that his wife has filed a petition seeking divorce - on the ground of impotency. She alleged that her husband was impotent and that he had married her suppressing this fact and thereby committed a fraud. She was also driven out from the matrimonial house, she claimed.
In his counter, Sankaran denied the allegation of impotency. He claimed that he was normal, but the wife was suffering from some hormone problem and starved for excessive sex.
Hemavathy also lodged a police complaint alleging dowry harassment. Apprehending arrest, Sankaran and his mother moved the Madras High Court seeking advance bail. Justice C T Selvam granted the plea subject to certain conditions, last week.