POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 05, 2012 AT 21:11 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 05, 2012 21:11 IST

A petition to Chief Justice of India asks him to remove Justice Bhaktavatsala of Karnataka High Court for his retrograde views against women against the tenets of the Constitution

From the petition:

On August 31, he went out of his way to counsel a young woman whose stated reason for not living with her husband was that he used to beat her. Justice Bhaktavatsala said, “Women suffer in all marriages. You are married with two children, and know what it means to suffer as a woman. Yesterday, there was a techie couple who reconciled for the sake of their child. Your husband is doing good business, he will take care of you. Why are you still talking about his beatings? I know you have undergone pain. But that is nothing in front of what you undergo as a woman. I have not undergone such pain. But madam (Justice BS Indrakala) has.”

The court asked the woman if her parents were present, at which her father walked up to the bench. The judge remarked, “Ask your father if he has never beaten your mother!” When the woman said her husband would beat her in the open, in front of everyone, Justice Bhaktavatsala remarked that it was she who was bringing it out in the open. The court was told that the husband would beat her in the middle of the night and had thrown her out of the house.

When the woman’s advocate produced photographs showing her swollen face, the court said, “You have to adjust. Are you just behind money? There is nothing in your case to argue on merits. You have to give him a divorce or go with him. Have you read about actor Darshan. He spent 30 days in jail after beating his wife. But they are living together now. What is on your mind and what is on your agenda?”


This is just not an isolated case in another case reported , a young advocate had not imagined she would be receiving a lesson on married life when she took up a case on behalf of an estranged wife. She was summarily told by Justice K Bhaktavatsala that she was unfit to argue a matrimonial case as she was unmarried. While the lady advocate was citing the allegations against the husband, Justice Bhaktavatsala stopped her midway and asked, “Are you married?” When she replied in the negative, the judge said, “You are unfit to argue this case. You do not know real life. Why are you arguing like this? He is your (client’s) partner,not a stranger. Family matters should be argued only by married people, not spinsters. You should only watch. Bachelors and spinsters watching family court proceedings will start thinking if there is any need to marry at all. Marriage is not like a public transport system. You better get married and you will get very good experince to argue such cases.”

Read the full petition

POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 05, 2012 AT 21:11 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 05, 2012 21:11 IST
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Daily Mail
Sep 09, 2012
05:09 AM

Even the most ferocious of anti-male and feminist activisits will have to agree that there is an element of truth in the judges observations.

Where was the 'moral outrage' when judgments send males ( with family ) to jail?

Where are these 'moral repungnancies' when anti-male laws are passed with impunity?

Male Unblocked
Chennai, India
Sep 08, 2012
08:22 PM

 Why can't a wizened old judge rebuke a fairly young spinster? How many of the married men have never hit his wife. It is a man's world and we have to keep it like this. Otherwise India would be the next country of sissy Swedish men.

rishi vyas
kangra, India
Sep 08, 2012
08:21 PM

An absurd and feudal comment from a judge. Will judicial reforms help us from such rotten and absurd observations?

Delhi, India
Sep 08, 2012
04:07 PM

Great!  Is the lawyer of a  murder accused fit to argue his case, having committed no murder himself? Can Raja's lawyer claim proper credentials to defend him when he was  not himself a part of the 2G scam? Are Lalit Modi's lawyers capable of defending him, not having played in the IPL themselves? Is wearing black coats enough to defend the various accused in the 'black' Coal Gate? And what about actors on stage and movies? Must they have lived all the parts they play? One can go on. The latest news (Irony) is that jurisdiction over family cases has been taken away from this Judge.

bangalore, India
Sep 07, 2012
06:37 PM
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Male Unblocked
Chennai, India
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