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32 years later, woman gets maintenance

PUNE: After 32 years of legal battle, a 53-year-old woman succeeded in getting maintenance from her husband. The court of additional sessions judge O P Jaiswal on Tuesday directed the husband to pay one-time settlement amount of Rs 70,000 to her.

The man and the woman had got married in 1978. The relation between the couple turned sour soon and they were separated after three months.

In 1979, the woman, a resident of village Mandki in Purandar taluka, had approached a lower court in Saswad, claiming her right to get alimony from her husband who was then employed with the ammunition factory in Khadki. However, her application was rejected.

The woman then moved the Pune district sessions court in 1981. The sessions court ordered the husband to start paying an amount of Rs 125 to her towards alimony, but he failed to do so for the next 26 years. Meanwhile, the man also remarried.

With no other source of income, the woman filed an application before a court in Saswad in 2008 to enhance the alimony amount to Rs 1,500 per month. In July 2009, judicial magistrate first class A A Kulkarni directed the man to pay Rs 1,000 per month to her.

By then, the man has retired from his service. He moved the sessions court against this order through lawyer Biju Aloor. Lawyer S V Shivarkar represented the woman. When the case came up for hearing, the court asked the petitioner and respondent to settle the matter as it has been 30 years since the first order. The matter reached the ‘Mahalok Adalat’, but it was not settled and the case was referred to the court.

The parties agreed to settle the matter with Rs 70,000 as one-time settlement on condition that the woman will withdraw the case filed against the man.


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