Judge to Battered Wife: Stop Whining
Justice Bhaktavatsala stripped of all family cases
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2012 4:20 PM CDT
The high court in Bangalore, India, Friday, May 30, 2008, during a political rally.   (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

(Newser) – A high court judge in India has received a slap on the wrist for telling an allegedly battered wife to keep quiet, go home, and take care of her husband, The Hindu reports. Last month, Justice Bhaktavatsala ruled on a domestic violence case involving a 28-year-old woman who claimed she was beaten regularly, reports the Daily Mail. He told her: "Your husband is doing good business. He will take care of you. Why are you still talking about his beatings?"

She declined to return home with her husband, so Bhaktavatsala suggested the alleged wife-beater treat his wife and son to lunch. The judge also criticized a single female lawyer, saying that "family matters should be argued only by married people, not spinsters." Now Bhaktavatsala has been stripped of all family cases, including guardianship and child custody—but insists he is misunderstood: "I have not permitted to beat wife," he says. "I asked couples to forget their past and live their life peacefully." (Another problem for women in India: threats of acid attacks.)

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Sep 9, 2012 9:33 PM CDT
Beating your wife is not a good thing, not a moral thing, not a loving thing. Keep that up and you might wake up with your nuts hanging on the clothes line. And you would deserve it. In India guys go around throwing acid in womens faces and they get away with it. Hindu, another swell religion.
Sep 9, 2012 4:12 PM CDT
Those lovely peaceful Hindu's
Sep 9, 2012 2:17 PM CDT
What's the difference between how this woman was treated, and the ALL MALE panel here in the USA deciding what a woman can, or cannot, do about her own medical choices? NONE!!! Chauvinist Pigs are everywhere.