Court: Once married, daughter is guest in parental home


It’s become a bit of a fad these days to denigrate women. There was Chetan Bhagat. Abhishek Bachchan. The Sri Ram Sene have been at it for a while. And now the courts too don’t want to be left behind. The Bombay High Court recently said that daughters, once married, are no longer legally permitted to live in their parents’ house without their consent; she cannot force herself on her parents because she becomes a guest as she is now a member of the husbands’ family.

I mean, excuse me?

That’s all women need in this country for development. Living with parents has become a question of the law?

How is this even relevant to our times? Have daughters become commodities?
You know, for years, many social thinkers and commentators have stated that those women whose ambition is to be treated equally to men, have no ambition at all. They are wrong. When we have someone from the judiciary making some reckless orders under the eye of the legal system, no wonder women in our country are the way we are.

Which brings me to my next argument.

What about the legal rights of sons after they get married? In our social system, the son continues to live with his parents along with his wife. The Bombay High Court also observed that adult children in general require the permission of their parents to live with them in the parents’ personal house.

So the court decides to make ‘extra’ observations about daughters and how they are guests in their parents’ house. But no such thing for sons.

Isn’t this typical?

A daughter is just like any human being. Whether she gets married and goes to another house, or not, she deserves to be recognized for who she is. Just because daughters are expected to go and live in another house, does not make her parents’ house any less hers. She has the right to live anywhere she wants.

This judgement seems to suggest that children are a burden on parents. If that’s the case, My Lord, why have children in the first place? To kick them out once they turn 18?

If you are going to bring in the law, it shouldn’t be for argument sake. The case that was before the Bombay High Court should have been treated individually and not to make a comment on the way we live as families. I don’t know if Justice J H Bhatia has a daughter. If he does, maybe he should have a little chat with her. If he doesn’t, well, we figured.

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