Left Menu
Development News Edition

South Korean court tells cheating husband he must stay married

PTI | Seoul | Updated: 14-06-2019 16:23 IST | Created: 14-06-2019 16:04 IST
South Korean court tells cheating husband he must stay married
Image Credit: ANI

A cheating husband cannot divorce his wife despite having a years-long affair, a South Korean court ruled Friday, insisting only the injured party in a marriage could initiate a legal separation. Movie director Hong Sang-soo, 58, a Cannes film festival regular, filed for divorce in 2016, shortly after his relationship with actress Kim Min-hee became public.

But Hong's wife, whom he wed in 1985, refused to play along -- leading to a drawn-out legal battle that has lasted for years. Seoul Family Court on Friday dismissed Hong's petition and awarded costs against him.

South Korea remains a conservative society, where until 2015, anyone indulging in extramarital sex risked a two-year prison sentence. Even since decriminalisation, public disapproval of affairs remains strong.

Despite her successes on the silver screen, 37-year-old Kim -- who won the best actress at Germany's prestigious Berlinale in 2017 -- has struggled to inspire warmth among the South Korean public. Her portrayal of an out-of-work actress reeling from an affair with a married director in Hong's "On the Beach at Night Alone" appears to have been too close to real life for moviegoers.

The law against adultery was originally intended to safeguard the rights of women at a time when marriage offered them some of their only legal protections. Most had no independent income, and divorce carried an enormous social stigma.

In 2015, when the country's highest court reaffirmed that only the injured party could initiate a divorce, it said: "gender equality had some way to go". Judges said women would be particularly vulnerable if unfaithful husbands were allowed to divorce them without any justifiable complaint.

Opponents of the current divorce laws say they violate individual freedoms and trap people in unhappy marriages.



Why COVID-19 is unstoppable in USA despite it being ranked at the top of GHS Index?

Several worst-hit countries such as Italy, France, Spain, the UK, Canada, and Russia have peaked COVID-19 cases in April. Almost all of them have gradually flattened the curve. However, the USA is setting new daily records of infections tha...

COVID-19 seems cooking biggest ever global scam

The increasing number of corruption cases on COVID-19 funds from throughout the world and involvement of high profile persons indicate that the countries cant ignore corruption in their pandemic response programs. This has generated the nee...

Health Management Information Systems lack holistic, integrated, and pandemic resilient character

Being a part of the United Nations system, the World Health Organization WHO deserves its share of rebuke for its alleged failure issue COVID-19 health emergency alerts on appropriate time. However, the pandemic has also exposed loopholes i...

Pride in the time of coronavirus: a welcome move online?

This year is different in many ways not least as celebrations are also taking place against the dramatic backdrop of a global health crisis and a resurgence in grassroots activism following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. ...


Latest News

Southwest sounds alarm on jobs in 'very bad environment,' American preparing furlough warnings

Southwest Airlines Chief Executive Gary Kelly told employees on Monday that he was concerned about the impact of a recent rise in COVID-19 cases and quarantines on already-weak travel demand and said passenger numbers would need to triple b...

Adhir Ranjan requests PM Modi to intervene to release activist Varavara Rao

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting his intervention in the release of activist Varavara Rao, arrested in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case. Rao has been shifted to Sir JJ hosp...

Soccer-Wycombe Wanderers win promotion to Championship for first time

Wycombe Wanderers won promotion to the second-tier Championship for the first time after a 2-1 win over Oxford United in the League One playoff final at Wembley on Monday. Wycombe, a non-league club until 1993, were promoted from League Two...

GLOBAL MARKETS-Equities reverse after hitting five-month peak, bonds edge higher

World equity benchmarks reversed course after hitting a five-month peak on Monday while safe-haven U.S. government bonds and gold gained, as optimism about a global economic recovery was overtaken by renewed fears amid record numbers of new...

Give Feedback