Legal Advice

When Love Turns Sour: Deception, Betrayal, and Legal Challenges in My Engagement Journey

Question: Bride and I got engaged on 08.06.2023 and the marriage was scheduled on 07.12.2023. Bride and her family since beginning were fake and fooled us. She was going to job and all hide this from us. Since she was going to job whenever I call or message she was avoiding. I used to go every week to meet her and we travelled around for 2.5 months. There was some misunderstanding because of bride not giving time and she was also hiding most of the topics from her parents and blackmailed me not to say anything at home. She said some negative points about me to her parents and they all decided to cancel the marriage. I have spent more than 50000 in 2 months for her. We had made advances of 500000 plus outside for marriage. When asked she said phone calls and messages r the reasons for cancelling this marriage. In presence of elders we had a meeting and requested not to cancel the marriage keeping calls and messages as topic and also showed all the receipt of advances made. Elders requested bride but she was not ready to move ahead. At last, elders told bride family to give 150000 as compensation but they after accepting did not give amt and filed a fake complaint against me and my family members for which FIR was filed 354d 504 and 506. We took bail as well. What actions can be taken against bride and her family for giving fake complaint and I have all the evidences. Please advice.

Advise

An engagement is generally not considered a legally binding contract. Unlike a marriage, which is a legally recognized union, an engagement is typically viewed as a promise or commitment to marry in the future. While engagements are significant in a social and personal context, they usually lack the legal enforceability associated with contracts.

It’s important to note that breaking an engagement is a serious decision and can be emotionally challenging. In some cases, engagement may be broken off through a mutual understanding, while in others, it may lead to legal and financial consequences, especially if there are agreements or arrangements associated with the engagement.

While there is no specific law governing engagements in certain circumstances may lead to the termination of an engagement. Here are some common reasons:

  1. Mutual Agreement: If both parties involved in the engagement agree to break it off amicably and mutually decide not to proceed with the marriage, the engagement can be terminated.
  2. Breach of Trust or Misrepresentation: If one party discovers that the other has engaged in deceit, misrepresentation, or a serious breach of trust, it may lead to the termination of the engagement.
  3. Incompatibility: If the engaged couple realizes that they are fundamentally incompatible or have irreconcilable differences that could negatively impact the marriage, they may decide to break off the engagement.
  4. Family Disapproval: External factors, such as strong opposition from either party’s family, can also contribute to the decision to break off an engagement.
  5. Personal Growth and Change: Sometimes, individuals may undergo significant personal growth or experience life changes that lead them to reassess their priorities and values, resulting in the decision to end the engagement.

Following the cancellation of the engagement, your fiancée has filed an unfounded criminal case against you. In light of these false allegations, you have the option to initiate a defamation case against both her and her family. Given the existing circumstances, you may also pursue a claim for damages, citing the intentional concealment of material facts about your fiancée that led to the decision to call off the planned wedding.

Shivendra Pratap Singh

Advocate

High Court Lucknow