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Odisha family court counsellors fail to convince Barsa Swony


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Baleswar, Jun 11:

Post the failure of the joint counselling session in a Family Court in Odisha’s Baleswar town earlier this month, the counsellors visited Barsa Swony Choudhury’s house on Wednesday for individual counselling.

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Barsa, who has separated from his husband for over two years, has sought an early disposal of the case related to alimony. She maintained that she would contest the case with all determination though she still doesn’t want a divorce.

“Rajashree’s family is not honouring the court notices on the earlier cases relating to dowry torture, alimony and domestic violence. They are not accepting these notices but accepted the Family Court’s notice and appeared before the court in the divorce case. This reflects their intention. Whether the court grants divorce or not, it is not going to affect the earlier cases. I don’t want divorce,” Barsa Swony Choudhury said after the counselling session.

The team sent by the court held discussions with Barsa and her parents to record their views on the case.

“The members of the team sought my views on divorce of my daughter. It has been two years since she filed the torture case. But the other party is not responding to the notices. The family members of Raghunath Mohanty have shown urgency in getting divorce instead. We would think about the divorce case after the other cases against them are disposed of,” Barsa’s father Kishore Choudhury said.

On June 2, the Family Court had organised a joint counselling session between Barsa Swony Choudhury and her estranged husband Rajashree Mohanty. However, the latter rejected the reconciliation offer. The son of former minister and five-time Basta MLA Rrghunath Mohanty had said there was no looking back after filing of the divorce case and it had reached a point of no return.

The marital discord among them took an ugly turn after Barsa filed a case at Baleswar Town Police Station under sections 498 (a) (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 448 (trespass), 506 (criminal intimidation), 34 (common intention) of the IPC and section 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act (penalty for dowry).

On March 14, 2013, Barsa had accused Rajashree, her father-in-law Raghunath Mohanty, mother-in-law Pritilata Mohanty, sister-in-law Rupashree Madhual and brother-in-law Suvendu Madhual of torturing her physically and mentally for dowry.