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Husband must stay wed

A COURT has rejected a husband's plea to divorce his wife because of her mental illness.

The husband, surnamed Fu, accused his wife, surnamed Liu, of hiding a history of mental problems before their marriage.

But the Jing'an District People's Court judged the couple to have loved each other before marriage and said Fu should try his best to take care of his wife.

Liu, 28, got a job as a waitress in May 2006 and began a relationship with Fu, a colleague. Liu became pregnant in November 2007 and February 2008 but, because they weren't married, Liu had abortions without telling her parents or other colleagues.

The couple were married last May and decided to hold the wedding ceremony on October 18. But Liu is said to have become mentally disturbed on the night of October 1.

Fu told the court Liu came to his home, stayed naked after a bath and drank soy sauce in his sitting room. Because of her behavior, he called Liu's father and they took her to hospital.

Fu then filed for divorce. He said he hadn't known Liu all that well before marriage and Liu had hidden the fact that she used to have a mental illness.

Though they had registered their marriage, they hadn't lived together.

Liu's parents denied she had previous mental problems. They said Liu was suffering pressure because of the two abortions and this had brought on the mental illness.

Liu's lawyer said she had suffered a slight mental disturbance but had recovered quickly.

The court found that Fu had failed to provide evidence that Liu had hidden any mental illness from him before marriage. It rejected his lawsuit.


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