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Mrunal Manmay Dash

The Orissa High Court on Thursday ordered estranged couple, Doctor Sumit and his wife Tapaswini, to appear at the designated reconciliation centre on April 9.

Not only that, the High Court also ordered the couple to videograph the rented house and submit before the court to ascertain whether the house is worth living or not.

Sumit has also been directed by the Court to submit an affidavit declaring the status of his government quarters.

Tapaswini’s counsel, Deepak Patnaik said, “The court had directed Sumit to provide a house to Tapaswini in an ambient atmosphere. But in reality, the house my client got was not habitable. We had moved the High court with the photos of the house demanding action against Sumit. After hearing our plea the Court directed him to submit a video of the same.”

“No Court would want to separate a couple till all options of reconciliation are exhausted. The High Court wanted to give this couple another chance by discussing them at the State Counselling Centre in the Orissa High Court,” said Patnaik.

The public saga of Tapaswini Dash trying hard to save her marriage with Dr Sumit Kumar Sahu has been in the headlines across Odisha for over the last several months. On November 22, 26-year-old Tapaswini came dressed as a bride and sat outside the house of Sumit in Brahmanagar locality of Berhampur demanding to be allowed to live in the house with her husband. Since then, she, accompanied by some social activists, has been spending days and nights outside her in-law's house in a tent.

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