The woman won the case on grounds of being the natural guardian of the boy, with the court saying that "when mother, the natural guardian is available, it is a delicate situation not to give the child's custody to her but to others specially when there is no disqualification attached to her."
Guardian Judge Gautam Manan granted child's custody to the woman observing that she had immediately moved court for the boy's custody after her husband's death and is contesting the case for last six years which shows her "concern towards the child".
"Petitioner (woman) is likely to imbibe ethical and moral values in the minor," the judge added.
The court also noted that the woman's younger son is in her custody and she is bringing him up with her father's assistance and it would be beneficial for the siblings if they "reside together and grow up in the care and protection of their natural mother".
The court's order came on the plea by the woman, a Central Delhi resident, seeking custody of her elder son who was allegedly forcibly taken away by her in-laws after her husband's death in 2006.
She alleged her in-laws had turned her out of the house and kept all her valuable articles.
She had added that her in-laws' did not treat the child well either.
Her in-laws, however, had said she was short-tempered and the environment in her house was not congenial for proper growth of the child. (MORE)