Pune, 24th June 2022: Due to ongoing family disputes, there may have been many cases heard of a husband paying alimony to his wife for her daily needs. However, in a lawsuit brought by a couple, the court ordered the 78-year-old wife to pay interim child support of Rs 25,000 per month to her 83-year-old husband. They filed for divorce in 2019 after completing 55 years of marriage.
Family Court Judge Raghavendra Aradhye delivered the verdict. This is the first case in the state where such an amount of spousal support has been ordered by the husband, attorney Vaishali Chandane said.
The 83-year-old petitioner, who is seeking divorce and maintenance, is the director of an educational institution. His 78-year-old wife is the president of the organization. Ashok and Lata (both names have been changed) were married in 1964. They have two married daughters.
He has also been repeatedly harassed by Lata over the past few years for leaving the institution and leaving home.
When Lata fell seriously ill, Ashok took good care of her. His illness was completely cured. He also suffered harassment from his wife. She forbade him to eat at home. The plaintiff suffers from diabetes and heart disease. He must take food and medicine on time. Despite the circumstances, he was not cared for by his wife, according to his petition.
Fed up with his wife’s harassment, Ashok eventually filed for divorce. The two also accused each other of having an extramarital affair.
“If the husband has no source of income and his wife earns an income and there are ongoing domestic disputes between them, the husband can also file a claim for alimony under Article 24 of the Hindu Marriage Act 1955. This case proves that not only woman but also unjust men get justice,” informed Adv. Vaishali Chandne, the petitioner’s attorney.