What is the meaning of “this petition is dismissed and not pressed”? And what should be the jurisdiction for filing my divorce case?


Not pressed implies the matter was settled after the complainant handed back his complaint and opted to withdraw. In the case of a petitioner’s withdrawal, not press means the petitioner is not inclined to pursue the matter further or may allow the proceedings to proceed without prejudice to rights, in the case of a compromise, either party will withdraw from relying on contentious allegations in lieu of the compromise, and in general, it means to give up any objections or contentions.

A divorce case is distinct from one in which the marriage is declared null and invalid. You have the option of having your marriage annulled or getting divorced. In a null and invalid ruling, the court declares that the marriage never took place, or that even if it did, it was not legal.

In the case of Rupali Devi v. State of Uttar Pradesh & Ors., the Supreme Court recently declared that a woman who abandoned her marital house owing to cruelty can file a dowry harassment case under Section 498 IPC against her husband and in-laws at the location where she is temporarily sheltering.

A Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi eased the rigours of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), 1973, in a ruling that further expanded the authority of courts to grant relief to victims of dowry harassment.
A case can also be brought where the plaintiff or defendant lives, where the cause of action occurred, or where the defendant conducts his profit-making business, according to the rules of the Civil Procedure Code, 1908. As a result, you are not required to withdraw your lawsuit from the location where it was first filed.

Reference: Civil Procedure Code, 1908

Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973

Case Law:
Rupali Devi v. State of U.P. & Ors. – – AHG169 – 202100581 – 87 – 83 – 202100155-20210042-8139


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