Prosecutors in Switzerland have dismissed a married man’s case and he now has to pay costs for wasting their time when he filed a criminal complaint of sexual coercion over her demand for a child.
The Zurich-based man filed a complaint against his wife after she threatened to leave him if he ignored her desire to have a baby.
The man – whose name and age have been withheld due to strict federal privacy regulations – had first moved out of their flat in early 2019 after the latest in a series of arguments had escalated.
Local media report that they reconciled one year later.
But when the estranged hubby suggested moving back in to complete the reunion, he was told by his wife that she would only take him back if he made her pregnant.
The woman also threatened to file for divorce if he refused.
Angered by her demand, he opted to turn to the law and filed a criminal complaint with cops in February 2020.
However, prosecutors in Zurich who evaluated the complaint rejected his sexual coercion claim in May 2021, arguing that there had been no chargeable offence.
Determined to get his wife in the dock, the plaintiff called on the High Court of Zurich to reevaluate the issue.
Now the institution decided it would not overrule the initially issued rejection.
A spokesman announced: “Expressing the wish for a child is no breach of the law. Ending a relationship after being denied is also not a breach.
“Whether one of the individuals is incapable of fulfilling the wish due to a mental or physical condition is irrelevant.”
Juridical authorities in Zurich have ordered the man to cover the administrative costs his lawsuit has caused.
He must pay around CHF 800 (GBP 700), according to the daily newspaper Blick.
It is unclear whether the couple are still married.
Switzerland’s fertility rate has decreased significantly during the past decades.
It peaked in 1964 at 2.66. The latest official figures date back to 2019 when a birth rate of 1.49 was recorded.
The country – which has 8.6 million inhabitants – registered more than 17,000 divorces last year, up from around 16,200 in 2020.