Update: Tripti Nigam has responded in Times Of India, to allegations made by her husband Gaurav to the press that accused her of ” beating her husband”.
A news item about a wife who has taken Azim Premji, of Wipro to court over the ‘dating allowance’ being allotted to their employees in general and her husband Gaurav in particular, was an extraordinary example of how women are now willing to fight tooth and nail to ensure dignity for themselves and sanctity of marriage vows.
Tripti Nigam, who filed a suit against her husband Gaurav, who works in Wipro Technologies in Bangalore, and Premji, said the company’s dating allowance “showed their complicity in encouraging his extra-marital affairs .
I am not quite certain however about the validity of her claims. While one can concede that the said allowance may facilitate an already licentious partner into further venting his compulsions, yet its difficult to accept it as the sole cause of their ruined marriage.
What I also find incomprehensible is the logistics behind the ‘allowance’ per se. One has heard of ‘incentives’ but this is hard core bribing. I am sure Wipro does not have to indulge in such tactics to retain their employees. It might be a great attraction, nonetheless, if one was to analyse the behavioural trend of youth today. Loyalty towards a Company which almost tacitly accepts the emotional or physical needs of their personnel, is almost definitely ensured..Sixer.
It does concern society as a whole, if a) more companies follow the initiative b) if employees use it as leverage to stay on. Tripti Nigam has actually hit upon a booby trap which may get increasingly relevant as time progresses.
But this poses the question..Do men stray because they have the financial capability to do so? Is this therefore ‘the hurdle out of the way’ when contemplating extra marital affairs? Can one hope to keep a spouse under check by holding on to the purse strings? Is a loyal partner therefore , loyal only till such time that he is not conveniently disposed financially to pursue liaisons?
Befuddling questions..its as if one has opened the ‘pandoras box’ in this game of marriage. More than anything else, a certain sadness creeps in when one envisages this wife, with her two and a half year old son, in wait at home… while the husband, woos, wines and dines, in style, smiling his way through the evening, secetly blessing Azim Premji.