I got married in 2012 - it was a love cum arranged marriage. I have been going through severe domestic violence (mental as well as physical) in the hands of my in-laws and husband. My husband once (in August 2013), in a fit of anger, broke two of my teeth. However, I never disclosed it to anyone, thinking it will bother my family. He kept hitting me with fists, slaps, every now and then on the instigation of in-laws, all for petty issues (there are or were no real issues as such). In January this year, he had beaten me so bad that the neighbours also got to know, and I had to involve my parents. They also tried to settle the issue amicably - but all in vain.
My mistake - I never collected or saved any proofs of all these merciless beatings, not even when he broke the teeth. However, he has been really really smart in recording all my calls, conversations, text messages, and what's app messages to him - wherever i may have said bad things to him after his beatings.
Only the last time (in January 2015), I went for a medical examination and saved some proofs.
He has now himself applied for a contested divorce against me citing domestic violence. His mother also registered an FIR against me citing absolutely false and baseless domestic violence allegations. In addition, they all (husband, MIL, FIL, SIL) one night conspired (in July 2015) and ran away from the house where we all lived together and the house is jointly owed by husband and FIL). I have since then been staying alone in this house and have no clue of their whereabouts. I kept calling all of them - but o one was responding - he just said ow i will see you in the court.
My husband, however, suddenly came home yesterday and tried to convince me for mutual consent divorce - and warned that he will spoil mine and my parents future by putting false character-related allegations against me. He also warned me repeatedly to vacate the house.
I request your guidance here. I am innocent, have always only and only tried to change them with more and more love and respect - but nothing ever worked - in fact, it turned against me. Now I am done and want to go for a divorce. But, i also want to teach them a lesson or at least get alimony (my parents went out of their capacity to spend ~15-20 lakhs in the wedding).
I work with an MNC, and earn almost as much as my husband does. Please guide on the avenues available with me. - Thanks