Concious and cruel attempt of causing physical or mental pain to people or animals.Cruelty is a strong ground for divorce in a husband-wife relationship.It can include physical violence, abusive or use of bad language, neglect, illtreatment, threats of violence etc.Cruelty to children also known as child abuse includes employment of under age children, beating them mercilessly,sexual abuse etc.Cruelty to animals is any act that causes harm, pain , suffering and even death of animals.

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