Maintaining wife, a man`s moral duty: Court
A Delhi court has ordered a taxi owner to pay Rs 4,500 a month to his estranged wife, saying it is a man`s moral duty to maintain his wife.
New Delhi: A Delhi court has ordered a taxi
owner to pay Rs 4,500 a month to his estranged wife, saying it
is a man`s moral duty to maintain his wife.
"It is the moral duty of the respondent (husband) to
maintain the petitioner who is his wife. She is held entitled
to maintenance at Rs 4,500 per month from her husband from
the date of this order," Metropolitan Magistrate Kiran Gupta
said while also awarding Rs 2,500 as litigation cost to her.
The court gave its order on a plea by south Delhi
resident Tarawati seeking maintenance from her husband Raj
Kumar who resided at Paharganj in central Delhi area and
owned a taxi.
Tarawati demanded the maintenance, accusing her husband
of inflicting cruelty on her and abandoning her.
Married to Kumar in May, 2002, she had moved the court
for maintenance in December, 2006. She demanded the
maintenance saying she has no source of income to support her
while her husband earned around Rs 20,000 a month.
She said he was also having an additional income of Rs
75,000 a year from his agricultural land.
"Kumar had no obligation except to maintain me (wife) as
his father was retired from Indian Railways and was getting
a handsome pension and his mother was living with his father,"
But as she failed to present any documentary proof for
her estranged husband`s income, the court, on the basis of
provisions for Minimum Wages Act, assessed his income to be at
least 9,000 rupees a month and, accordingly, ordered him to
pay Rs 4,500 a month to his wife as maintenance.
"Tarawati is doing stitching and crafting and earns more
than Rs 5,000 per month. I am a daily wager and is not earning
more than Rs 2,000 per month," Kumar said.