Even our judiciary seems to have adapted itself to the digital revolution sweeping the country. A Pune court recently heard a woman petitioner based in London through video conferencing and granted her divorce from her husband.
“Barely within two months of their marriage, differences cropped up between them and they started staying separately,” advocate Suchit Mundada told NDTV. He is representing the woman petitioner.
He further said that the wife was unable to leave London for the court hearing, as the terms and conditions of her job did not allow her to leave and so, she chose video conferencing as an alternative. This required the advocate to file an application seeking permission, following which the court gave its consent.
This is not the first time when use of technology to facilitate the legal process is taking place. In 2008, an NRI husband working in the US reportedly used video conferencing as a time and money-saving method to seek divorce from his Indian wife.
Divorce hearings though video conferencing might seem to be rare but it will do a lot of good in the long run. In fact, the `Supereme Court has reportedly taken this idea into consideration. It feels that it is more convenient for couples to argue their case on video in future rather than in crowded courtrooms among strangers.
The video conferencing facility will do away with a lot of travelling that couples are required to do for court cases. It will also spare them the drudgery of coming to courts in person, waiting for hours and days to testify.
Charvi Is An Intern With SheThePeople.TV