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Man told to pay maintenance to wife and son


Pune: In an order which has been described as rare, a magistrate court has awarded interim maintenance of Rs 28,000 to a working woman under the Domestic Violence (DV) Act. The woman had proved that her earnings was not sufficient to meet her and her son’s expenses comparing her husband’s salary.

    The court of judicial magistrate first class P K Kulkarni, on July 14, ordered the husband to pay maintenance of Rs 15,000 to his wife and Rs 5,000 to his son along with a house rent allowance of Rs 8,000 per month. The husband has also been directed to return her dowry.

    The woman was working at a BPO and drawing a salary of Rs 22,000 per month. On January 23, 2007, she got married to a man who was working as a project manager in a software firm. The husband, who was drawing a salary of over Rs 1.19 lakh per month, made her leave the job.

    Later, the husband started suspecting his wife and had harassed her for trivial reasons. On February 24, 2009, the woman filed a complaint against him at the Chatushrungi police station under section 498 (a) of the Indian Penal Code for subjecting her to cruelty. The victim’s lawyer Trevor Issac told TOI that his client was forced to move the court after she was driven out of the house.

    The victim then joined another BPO for a salary of Rs 12,000 per month, but she was facing severe financial problems.

    Issac said he had submitted her salary slip before the court and raised the issue of maintenance of Rs 55,000 per month to her as she was unable to meet the expenses of herself and her 22-month-old child, who is studying in a play group.

    Issac termed the order as rare as the court has taken a view that her salary was less compared to the salary drawn by her husband who was staying in a 2 BHK flat and was also owning a Logan car.

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