Woman in live-in relationship entitled to maintenance: Court
Mumbai: In a first of its kind judgement
under Domestic Violence Act, a local court has directed a
city-based businessman to shell out a monthly maintenance of
Rs 10,000 to a bar singer whom he deserted after a live-in
The judgement in considered significant in legal circles
as the court has treated a woman in live-in relationship on
par with that of a married woman for the purpose of claiming
The victim had approached a Magistrate in suburban
Borivali seeking relief under the Domestic Violence Act, which
accords the same level of protection to a woman who is married
as to one who is in a live-in relationship.
Bani Roy, who came here from Kolkata in 2000, got into a
relationship with Jayantilal Jain even when he was married to
another woman. Jain and Roy lived together for about a decade.
According to Roy, Jain used to assault and abuse her,
when she discovered that he had been living with another bar
girl, Aaliya Shaikh.
Roy's lawyer Kshitij Mehta argued that she was entitled
to monetary relief under section 20 of the Protection of Women
from Domestic Violence Act as she and Jain had lived together
for over nine years.
Roy had demanded Rs 25,000 as maintenance. Magistrate D H
Sharma however held that amount as exorbitant and settled the
maintenance at Rs 10,000 per month.