Second wives can claim maintenance from husbands: Bombay HC
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 29, 2010, 00:44
Mumbai: In a significant ruling, the Bombay High Court has held that a second wife can approach a court for claiming maintenance from her husband under the Domestic Violence Act.

A legally wedded wife can claim maintenance and alimony under the Hindu Marriage Act and she is also entitled to a share in the family property. But a second wife cannot claim her legal rights unless the man has divorced his first wife.

The ruling of the High Court that second wife can claim maintenance from her husband under the Domestic Violence Act of 2005 has been welcomed in legal circles.

In the recent judgement, Justice A B Choudhary rejected the maintenance claim of a Nagpur-based housewife Manda Thaore under CrPC but asked her to move a court under Domestic Violence Act to seek maintenance, accommodation and benefits from the man who married her 27 years back.

The judge also directed her husband Ramaji Thaore to pay a compensation of Rs 15,000 to Manda to cover her legal expenses so that she could prosecute him under the Act.


First Published: Thursday, April 29, 2010, 00:44

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