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Section 27- The Special Marriage Act, 1954

The Special Marriage Act, 1954

 

27. Divorce. –

 

Subject to the provisions of this Act and to the rules made thereunder, a petition for divorce may be presented to the district court either by the husband or the wife on the ground that the respondent – 

 

(a) has since the solemnization of the marriage committed adultery; or

 

(b) has deserted the petitioner without cause for a period of at least three years immediately preceding the presentation of the petition; or

 

(c) is undergoing a sentence of imprisonment for seven years or more for an offence as defined in the Indian Penal Code (Act XLV of 1860):

 

Provided that divorce shall not be granted on this ground, unless the respondent has prior to the presentation of the petition undergone at least three years’ imprisonment out of the said period of seven years; or

 

(d) has since the solemnization of the marriage treated the petitioner with cruelty; or

 

(e) has been incurably of unsound mind for a continuous period of not less than three years immediately proceeding the presentation of the petition; or

 

(f) has for a period of not less than three years immediately preceding the presentation of the petition been suffering from venereal disease in a communicable form, the disease not having been contracted from the petitioner; or

 

(g) has for a period of not less than three years immediately preceding the presentation of the petition been suffering from leprosy, the disease not having been contracted from the petitioner; or

 

(h) has not been heard of as being alive for a period of seven years or more by those persons who would naturally have heard of the respondent if the respondent had been alive; or

 

(i) has not resumed cohabitation for a period of two years or upwards after the passing of a decree for judicial separation against the respondent; or

 

(j) has failed to comply with a decree for restitution of conjugal rights for a period of two years or upwards after the passing of the decree against the respondent. and by the wife on the ground that her husband has, since the solemnization of the marriage, been guilty of rape, sodomy or bestiality.

 

 

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