DELHI: In this age of time crunch, divorces are also getting a hi-tech avatar. In the first case of its kind, a judge of Tis Hazari Court in Delhi will hear a divorce case through video-conferencing. The plea was filed by the husband, Vijay Viswanathan, who lives in New Jersey.
Since the case has been filed in Delhi, it’s difficult for Vijay to attend all the hearings. But the big question is, will this new mode of divorce ease off the burden of Indian courts by facilitating a faster decree, or will it make a mockery of the man-woman relationship with its fast track oeuvre?
In courts around the country, there are thousands of divorce cases pending at the moment. Out of these around 20 per cent cases are such in which one party is stationed elsewhere.
The Principal Judge of Family Court, Meera Khadakkar says, “The High Courts and the Supreme Court have accepted this form of recording the statements. It will help those who have a genuine problem and can’t travel to some other city frequently to attend the court proceedings. This mode is here to stay and will turn out to be a time-saving device.”
When a marriage fails and couple decides to part ways, the vibes between husband and wife are at their lowest ebb as negativity reigns supreme.
In such a scenario, it is better that they don’t meet in person, says Preeti Manchanda (name changed), who’s working as an event organiser in the city.
She adds, “Recently, I went through a divorce process and seeing my (then) husband during each hearing was a painful experience. Since I had gone back to my hometown Jabalpur when my marriage started failing, for every hearing I had to come back. I really wish this facility of videoconferencing was introduced earlier. It could have saved me a lot of heartburn.”
Industrialist Vishal Dange (name changed), who went through a divorce recently, feels that this step will help all those middle-class people, who find it difficult to travel to other cities for each court hearing.
“For the elite, distance is not a big deal, especially when there are several flights connecting the various metros. But yes, this hi-tech mode will nail the trouble makers who try to delay the divorce proceedings by not appearing for the hearing and make various excuses.