Restitution of Conjugal Rights: An Analysis

Restitution of Conjugal Rights: An Analysis

Author: – Gaurav Purohit


 A Marriage is completely dependent on one essential thing and that is, Memories of togetherness and one can make memories only by staying together. Restitution Of Conjugal Rights is a type of remedy that restores one’s rights related to marriage to which he or she is entitled through marriage. It’s one of the express conditions of the nuptial vow that each party is to become a life partner of the other and enjoy the pleasures and consortium of each other. This Remedy can be used by the deserted spouse against the other.  In the following author will focus on the Constitutional Validity of Restitution of Conjugal Rights and its importance in this present day scenario and detailed study of the concept of Restitution of Conjugal Rights This Article will also throw light on The Link between this Conjugal Right and Fundamental Rights as mentioned in the Constitution. There will be a detailed analysis regarding Why this Right should be Abolished or why this Right should be supported. 


Hindu marriage is a demanding eminent acknowledgement where a man and a lady are bound in a steady relationship for the physical, the social, and need of dharma, age. Marriage is a  holy union as the two consenting adults promise to live together for the rest of their life. Both the partners are bound by law to keep their married life together and are entitled to the enjoyment of rights and obligation of duties after the solemnization of their marriage. In the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955, this remedy is provided under Section 9 under which if either spouse has withdrawn from society without adequate excuse aggrieved party can file the suit before the tribunal to re-establish coexistence.1

Necessary Elements of Section 09 of the Hindu Marriage Act 1955

  1. Has withdrawn from the society of the other
  2. Without reasonable excuse,
  3. The court is satisfied with the truth of the statements made in the petition and
  4. There must be no legal ground on which the application cannot be granted by the court of law.

In the Case of Reema Bajaj v. Sachin Bajaj,2 the court observed that any application of restitution of conjugal rights cannot be converted for divorce application under section 13 of the Hindu Marriage Act by the way of Amendment because of the remedy as claimed under the original case. The prayer of the case for Restitution of Conjugal rights would not turn redundant and infructuous.

In Malkiat Singh v. Shinderpal Kaur,3 it has been observed that the sole substance of a pronouncement of compensation of Conjugal Rights is that the spouse craving the organization of his significant other makes an attempt through the court for its help with request to re-establish his wife back to him so they might have the option to have a marital existence. 

Some Terms of Restitution of Conjugal Rights

Withdrawn from the Society- This means withdrawing from the company of the other spouse and conjugal relationship. A duty is forced upon the partners to give each other those enhancements which the conjugal tie renders compulsory.

Previous Cohabitation not necessary- Allowing this remedy doesn’t require the parties to prove that they have sooner or later lived together with one another and afterwards isolated.

Agreement of the Separation – An agreement to live independently made before the marriage regardless of whether affirmed after marriage being against open arrangement is void and it can’t be a barrier to a case for compensation.

Reasonable Cause of Withdrawal from the Society -No straightjacket formula can be formulated for ascertaining reasonable grounds. The reason for withdrawal from the general public must be grave and profound. Cruelty and Adultery can be some of the reasonable grounds.

Specific Provisions 

The provisions which are managing the compensation of intimate rights in the different individual laws, the remedy  is accessible under

  1. Section 9 of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955.
  2. Section 32 and 33 of the Indian divorce Act 1869
  3. Section 36 of the Parsi marriage & divorce Act 1969
  4. Section 22 of the Special Marriage Act, 1954 in case of inter-caste marriage.

To get the decree of restitution of conjugal rights, either party can file for the decree under the above-mentioned provisions, or then it will not be obligatory on the parties to cohabit after such decree.

Constitutional Validity of Restitution of Conjugal Rights

There have been long discussions on the Constitutionality of this provision. It was asserted that the provision violated the Right to Equality as mentioned under Article 14 of the Constitution of India.

Article 14 Right to Equality 

Compensation of Conjugal Rights damages the Right to Equality and Right to Life. Equity suggests fairness of thought, activities, and self-acknowledgment. It Violates the very idea of the individual by directing his decision regarding whom to live with. Both wedded couples are not generally equal and the spouse is for the most part socially and financially reliant on the husband in our amazingly male-centric nations. In the man overwhelmed society, the benefits of various laws and cures are generally harvested by men in light of numbness, financial, reliance, and different components. There is just an undeniable quality because on most occasions the spouse is placed in an ominous circumstance.


The Right to Privacy isn’t explicitly ensured in the Constitution and protection has no fixed definition. It is a characteristic need for an individual to set individual cut off points and breaking point for the passage of others into this division. Protection is difficult to depict as a correct which is as yet indistinct in forms. It’s anything but a solidarity station yet it is more touchy to specification than the definition in multidimensional terms.

In the case of Kharak Singh v. State of UP4  Justice Subba Rao said Any Any meaning of the Right to security must include and ensure the individual affections of the home, family, parenthood, marriage, reproduction, and kid raising. 

Legal history of Restitution of Conjugal Rights

  • The issue of the Constitutional legitimacy of Section 9 was first brought up in T Sareeta v. Venkatasubbiah5 in which the High Court of Andhra Pradesh held Section of the Hindu Marriage Act to be violative of the Constitution and the reproved segment was unlawful. In his Judgment, Justice Chaudhary held Section 9 to be a savage and primitive cure as it was damaging Article 21 of the Constitution as this section was abusing the right to protection and human liberty and thus void.

• In Harvinder Kaur v. Harminder Singh6 Justice Rohtagi saw that Justice Chaudhary while conveying his judgment he over depended on sex is a fundamental misrepresentation as he would like to think. While Justice Rohtagi Suggested that compensation of Conjugal Rights request has just a single target that is to compel the disciplined spouse to go into sex with her significant partner

• The Matter at that point at long last was accounted for to Honorable Supreme Court in Saroj Rani versus Sudarshan Kumar Chadha7 where Supreme Court overruled T Sareeta depending on the judgment of Justice Rohtagi in the Harvinder Kaur case. Judgment was held for Section 9 of the Hindu Marriage Act and the rule of Restitution of Conjugal Rights stands established in the Indian Legal System. As it couldn’t be held violative of Article 14 after the correcting Act 44 of 1964 either gathering to marriage is permitted to introduce an appeal on the ground given in Section 13 (I-A) 

Then Court gave thinking in the matter of Violation of Article 21 that goal of the cure is Cohabitation and it isn’t upholding sex between the reluctant companion and consortium was just thought. The Court upbraided the presentation of Constitutional law since it demonstrates a merciless destructor of the foundation of marriage. 


Analysis: Why should it be abolished?

  1. Double-dealing by the Petitioner :

Compromise between the couple to spare their marriage is the essential explanation behind the compensation of matrimonial rights. Be that as it may, when petitioning for the equivalent, people frequently have other ulterior thought processes. Moreover Section 13 (1-An) of the Hindu Marriage Act 1955 states that it very well may be utilized as a ground for separation that it isn’t conformed to. Section 9 own motivation is to prevent separation.

  1. Troubles in the Enforcement of the Decree:

 An individual neglects to consent, the court may actualize the announcement. Under Rule 32 (1),8 the court may append the declaration holder’s property by selling their property within 6 months. Anyway, when the spouse doesn’t claim property, which is predominant in India, this turns into an issue. At that point, there is a strategy to decide a lot of the home of her husband.

  1. Obstruction by the Court :

Marriage is an obligation of Emotions. The pulling back companion’s will isn’t considered. If this is cultivated forcibly, by what method will any adoration and friendship be purchased about that marriage ought to have.

In each edified society, the organization of marriage is significant. The organization is both acknowledged and regarded. There has been no foundation that is more suffering than marriage. While marriage is a private association among people, it additionally has a social measurement. Regardless of what the type of marriage might be, the strength of marriage ties is consistently the core interest. 

Compensation of Conjugal Rights depends on an honorable purpose however has lost its significance with the advancing occasions and social situations and doesn’t deliver the necessary effect. In this manner, even where Section 9 of the Hindu Marriage law doesn’t render sexual relations compulsory, constraining a lady to stay in her marriage home includes placing her in the peril of Marital Rape and denying her freedom over her own body. The consequence of the Restitution order causes extraordinary trouble for a female who is required to come back to her marriage homes and obligations, as it accomplishes for a man. 

Analysis: Why it should stay in force

  1. The True Objective of the Section: 

. Its point is to spare one of the essential features of marriage and resume living together if there is nothing incorrect with the marriage and how assent has been gained.

Article 14 is erroneously claimed to be in the break: this area has become sexually unbiased through the Amending Act 44 of 1978, where either party can start separate procedures under section13 (1-A). Regardless of whether in the compensation procedures the parties are seen as liable, they can file a petition for legal separation. 

  1. The Wrongful View of Abolitionists: 

Compensation might be a ground for separate if not went along inside one year. The explanation accommodated this, anyway is an abrupt separation in marriage ought not to happen. The one year determined is required as a cooling period. And still, after all, that it offers for separate if there is no dwelling together. It watches that separation is just conceded after the way to resuscitate the marriage has been depleted.

As to the issues in actualizing this pronouncement and Rule 32 of the Civil Procedure Code, 1908, marriage is an agreement in itself and the standard is the money-related punishment for rebelliousness with the understanding. Additionally, the property is associated just if the articulated pronouncement is ignored and no other arrangement is appropriate. There is additionally no weightage contention for the spouse not having resources as this is valid in every other understanding too.

Subsequently, the compensation of marital rights is a segment of the person’s very own laws and is driven by qualities, for example, confidence, convention, and custom. A significant trademark is that it is a solution to save the marriage. It serves to help to prevent separation. This cure can’t be supposed to be unlawful. Section 9 has sufficient shields to maintain a strategic distance from the oppression of marriage. As a general rule by empowering compromise between the parties and keeping up a marriage, it serves the social interest goal. 


Section 9 of the Hindu Marriage Act 1955. ( Act no 25 of 1955)

Article 14 of the Constitution of India 1950

Article 21 of the Constitution of India 1950

Code of Civil Procedure 1908 (Act no 5 of 1908)


  1. THE HINDU MARRIAGE ACT, 1955 (Act 25 of 1955)[18th May 1955].
  2.  Reema Bajaj v. Sachin Bajaj AIR 2012 Raj.8.
  3. Malkiat Singh v. Shinderpal Kaur,  AIR 2003 P & H 283.
  4.  Kharak Singh v. the State of UP, AIR 193 SC 1295.
  5.  T Sareeta v. Venkatasubbiah, AIR 193 AP 356.
  6. Harvinder Kaur v. Harminder Singh, Air 1984 Del 66.
  7.  Saroj Rani v. Sudarshan Kumar Chadha, AIR 1984 SC 152.
  8. The Code of Civil Procedure  (Act no 5 of 1908) 

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