A wedding is a ceremony every couple is excited about, while marriage is a commitment that some couple finds it hard to maintain. What should a woman do in case she finds out there's "another"?
Sa bansang walang divorce katulad ng Pilipinas, maraming kwento ng pagtataksil ang nasasagap ng mga marites katulad nito: Habang kasal si Mister XXX kay Misis AAA ay iniwan nya si misis at tumira sa Zamboanga kasama si Miss KKK kung saan sila ay nagkaroon ng tatlong (3) anak. Dahil dito si Misis AAA ay dumanas ng emosyonal na pagdurusa at dalamhati.
Anong pwedeng gawin ni Misis AAA? Well, mas doon tayo sa mga hakbang para muling mabuo ang pamilya, pero kapag talagang hindi na kayang mabuo ang basag na baso, pwedeng magsampa ng kaso si misis dahil sa pagtataksil ni mister sapagkat ang marital infidelity (pagtataksil) ay pwedeng maging “psychological violence” na may parusang pagkakakulong sa ilalim ng batas.
Marital infidelity (pagtataksil) is considered as a form of psychological violence under RA 9262 or "Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004".
In a 2020 decision, the Supreme Court upheld a trial court finding that marital infidelity may constitute psychological violence and thus be punishable under Section 5(i) of Republic Act No. 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act of 2004.
According to the Supreme Court, psychological violence is an indispensable element of violation of Section 5(i) of R.A. No. 9262. Equally essential is the element of emotional anguish and mental suffering, which are personal to the complainant. Psychological violence is the means employed by the perpetrator, while emotional anguish or mental suffering are the effects caused to or the damage sustained by the offended party. The law does not require proof that the victim became psychologically ill due to the psychological violence done by her abuser. Rather, the law only requires emotional anguish and mental suffering to be proven.