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The court has stopped the wife of Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan from spreading defamatory and false material against him on social or print media, including to friends and relatives. In addition, the court ordered Dhawan’s wife to facilitate a daily 30-minute video call between the child and his father.
The cricketer and his wife have been living separately since August 2020. She has also filed for divorce on the grounds of cruelty under Section 13(l)(ia) of the Hindu Marriage Act. The woman and their child are foreigners. Patiala House Court Judge Harish Kumar has issued the injunction against the woman based on a request filed by the cricketer for an ex-parte injunction to stop him from broadcasting the alleged defamatory material. Shikhar alleged that his wife had allegedly spread defamatory and false messages against him on WhatsApp to damage his reputation and ruin his career.
The court said that a person’s reputation is dear to everyone and is considered an asset of the highest degree. Tangible assets can be recovered after damage, but reputation cannot be recovered once damaged. The court noted that if the defendant’s wife has a sincere complaint against the petitioner, she cannot be prevented from lodging a complaint with the relevant authority. He is free to do this. Under no circumstances is he allowed to make derogatory comments about the cricketer.