Man pulled up by high court for asking maintenance from wife

Bengaluru, Jan 24 (IANS): In a major ruling, the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday held that a physically fit husband can't ask maintenance from his wife, as asking maintenance from the wife might result in lethargy.

A single-judge bench of Justice M. Nagaprasanna has rejected the petition filed by the husband seeking maintenance and ordered him to provide Rs 10,000 per month to his wife.

"As per the Hindu Marriage Act's Section 24, there is a provision for husband and wife to submit a petition seeking maintenance from their partners. But, the petitioner husband has filed a petition seeking maintenance only to refuse to give it to her," the bench said.

"Under the pretext of unemployment, the husband wants to live on from the maintenance given by the wife. Unless it is proven that a husband is physically and mentally incapable, he can't ask for alimony from the wife," Justice Nagaprasanna said in his order.

It is the duty of the husband to earn money morally and take care of his wife and children, he added.

The wife had gone to her parents' house due to a difference of opinion in 2017, after the husband fought with her for her attending the birthday of her sister's son and they had grown apart.

The husband had filed a divorce petition before the Family Court. The wife had demanded Rs 25,000 alimony per month and the expenditure of the case. The husband, in turn, had told the court that he was unemployed for two years because of Covid pandemic and he didn't have any money.

He asked the court to provide him Rs 2 lakh compensation from the wife as she belongs to a rich family. The Family Court had rejected his petition and ordered him to provide Rs 10,000 alimony every month to his wife. He had then filed an appeal against the order in the High Court.








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  • Beowulf, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 26 2023

    If a judgement does not favor women then equality is flushed down the drain.

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  • SMJ, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 26 2023

    True women are given more advantages compared to men in marital laws in india and they are age old but still in practice

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Wed, Jan 25 2023

    must be an andh bhakt who failed to keep his wife happy...

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  • prakash, Manipal

    Wed, Jan 25 2023

    This looks like husband's own mistake knifing the golden goose... You want to have the cake and eat it too... He was married to a rich girl and pretty much living on her mercy... Still had the audacity to object to her individual freedom to attend her own sister's function???... Such men are a bad name to manhood... Go join Zomato or Swiggy .... Or you have various employment options...

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  • JD, Udupi/ET

    Wed, Jan 25 2023

    where is EQUALITY ?? Feminist shout woman should treat same as man. why not here ??

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jan 25 2023

    There is no such law existed in the world to provide alimony to a wife instead we as a progressive society and treat women as equal partners or having equal status in society should not liable to pay any money to her !! period OLD JUNK BRITISHER LAW TO BE ABOLISHED

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  • AD, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 25 2023

    What about gender equality. If man has to provide alimony so should a woman if the tables are turned the other way.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Wed, Jan 25 2023

    "Difference of opinion and they had grown apart". To be free from growing apart, a married man should remember this: " A person who made a mistake and says sorry, is honest. A person who is doubtful whether he made the mistake, but says sorry is wise. A person who has not made a mistake and knows he did not make a mistake, but still says sorry is husband".

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  • Rita, Germany

    Wed, Jan 25 2023

    There are some men who try to take responsibility of the family ,like this one and eye only money saying her family is rich.Why then marry when he cant take responsibility ?dont they have children?If Many men like to work and earn money ,not sit idle around,some spend time in bars.Good decision from Court.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jan 25 2023

    The Hindu Marriage Act came into force in 1955, almost 70 years ago. Then women in India did not work outside of their home, unless as labourers. Women at that time had virtually no higher education. But the world now is very, very different. Women work in all sorts of fields. In some fields like IT, a woman could earn much more than their husband. So the HC ruling needs to be appealed. Men get married, and destroy yourselves!

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 25 2023

    If the wife is earning ( we do not know if she was earning or not in this case)and husband not able to earn ,then the husband can definitely claim maintenance from wife and there are court judgments in favor of husband in such cases.

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