Pune: A local court has granted relief to an
11-year-old boy here, under the Protection of Women against
Domestic Violence Act, ordering his estranged father to bear
his educational expenses.
In the ruling on a plea filed by the boy under section 20
(2)of the Act, Judicial Magistrate Umeshchandra More, directed
the father to pay both educational and day-to-day expenses to
his son till the age of 18 years.
A sum of Rs 12,000 is to be deposited by the father in a
bank account every year to meet the boy`s daily expenses while
the educational expenses would be paid directly to the school,
Advocate Aseem Sarode, who appeared for the petitioner said.
He said the magistrate gave the order in the month of
December 2010, a certified copy of which has now been made
The parents of the boy had obtained divorce with mutual
consent in 2005. The aggrieved boy stays with his mother.
"Contrary to the popular belief that the Domestic
Violence Act applies to only women, it can be invoked also in
the case of minors who suffer any sort of harassment within
the institution of family and the act is gender neutral in
nature", Sarode added.