Alimony is financial support that a person is ordered by the court to grant their spouse during divorce. Regardless, in a case that was recently reported in Maharashtra, a woman was asked to pay alimony to her ex husband. The order was passed by a local court in Nanded.
The couple was married in 1992. Later, the wife sought divorce citing “cruelty and desertion”. In 2015, a divorce was granted to the couple. However, in 2017, the man moved to court seeking alimony from his former wife.
According to India Today,
He demanded “permanent alimony” of Rs 15,000 every month from the wife. The woman is a teacher and earns Rs 30,000 per month. He admitted that he did not have any source of income while his ex-wife had a Master’s and a B.Ed degree. And she was employed.
The man alleged that he had supported his wife in attaining the degree by taking care of the household and sacrificing his career. He also claimed that he suffered from “harassment” and “humiliation” from the woman.
She said, he was not just unemployed. But, also did not have any moveable or immovable property, while his ex-wife did. The woman however denied these claims. She said, her ex-husband ran a grocery shop and rented out an auto rickshaw. Hence, he was not dependent on her.
However, the lower court had ordered the woman to pay Rs 3,000 to the husband for maintenance. A similar order was passed in 2019, directing the headmaster of the school to deduct Rs 5,000 from her monthly salary. To send the amount to the court as arrears after she refused to pay her husband.
Both the orders were challenged by the woman. She moved to the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court. The Bombay HC however, refused to intervene.
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