Rejecting maintenance plea, court tells woman law does not help lazy people

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A family court has rejected a plea of a women seeking interim maintenance from her husband, saying the law does not encourage people to become lazy.

The woman’s divorce plea is pending in court and she had accused her husband of failing to provide her with basic needs. She had claimed that he earns Rs 80,000 per month and sought a maintenance of Rs 15,000 per month.

“A lady who is fighting a petition filed for divorce cannot be permitted to sit idle and put the burden on the husband, demanding alimony from him during the pendency of the petition. Section 24 (relating to maintenance) is not meant to create an army of persons who will sit idle waiting for a dole to be awarded by her husband,” a media report quoted the court.

The court also ruled that the woman was not entitled to relief as she was well-qualified and was working prior to marriage.

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