Family court orders maintenance for child born of love affair
Ahmedabad: In a rare judgement, a family court ordered a man to pay maintenance to his child born out of his love affair before his marriage to another woman.
Family Court Judge M J Mehta ordered Rajkumar Adidravid yesterday to pay Rs 2,700 per month as maintenance to the boy and also pay arrears of Rs 1.14 lakh at 2,700 per month from the date of filing of case in June 2010.
The court gave the judgement based on a DNA test report which proved that Adidravid fathered the child.
Saying that bringing up the child is the father`s responsibility, the court directed Indian Railways, where the man works, to deduct compensation amount from the his salary and give it to the child`s mother.
The child`s mother had approached the family court demanding that Adidravid should pay maintenance of Rs 15,000 per month to bring up the child and also demanded arrears of Rs 10 lakh.
As per case details, the child`s mother had entered into a relationship with the Adidravid in 2004 after he promised her marriage.
However, Adidravid broke his promise, went to his native village in Tamil Nadu and married another girl, while his earlier partner gave a birth to a boy.
After she learnt about his marriage, she approached the police and filed a complaint of rape against him.
In 2007, a city court convicted Adidravid to seven years of imprisonment, but the high court acquitted him in the case of rape, ruling that the relationship was "consensual".
The victim`s advocate Samshad Pathan said that they had presented the DNA test report and other medical test reports before the family court to prove that Adidravid was the biological father of the child.
In his defence, Adidravid had said that DNA test is not a conclusive evidence and that he could not afford to pay maintenance, since he is the father of two children.