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Skype helps couple get divorce

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Skype-used-in-Indonesian-courtA Khammam court in Telangana has granted divorce to a couple after hearing one of the petitioners over Skype.

M Venkata Ramana, Senior Civil Judge of Khammam, based on a recent judgment of Hyderabad High Court, used Skype to interact with the woman who was in the US, before granting divorce.

As per Basava Punnaiah, counsel for the woman, her client had requested the court to grant her divorce from Kiran Kumar. Since she has been living in the US for past two years and could not attend the court hearing.

The counsel said, “First, the judge asked my client to identify her father and husband through Skype. After she did, he asked the final opinion about the divorce for which she said she wanted. Based on that, the judge granted divorce.”

The couple got married in 2012 and soon there were differences between them. The man filed ‘Nullity of Marriage’ petition in the court, while the woman had filed a petition under IPC section 498 (A) (Domestic Violence).

The woman later went to US to pursue higher studies and later both the familes came to an understanding.

The counsel also said, “The couple filed a divorce with mutual consent petition in the court.”

“She gave power of Attorney to her father. However, in divorce cases, the court would like to hear both petitioners personally. As she is in USA and not able to attend the court, we filed a petition requesting the court to hear her version through Skype, for which the judge agreed,” Punnaiah added.

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