Businessman told to pay Rs. 20,000 maintenance to estranged wife

New Delhi, (IANS) A court here has asked a Rajasthan-based businessman to pay a monthly maintenance of Rs.20,000 to his estranged wife who had alleged torture and harassment by him and her in-laws.

Metropolitan Magistrate Mona Tardi Kerketta, however, denied the woman’s plea for compensation from her in-laws for allegedly harassing her, which she claimed led to her miscarriage.

The court, in its recent judgment, said as per her medical records, it was not proved that her miscarriage was caused due to atrocities committed by her in-laws and no other evidence has been brought on record to prove mental and emotional injuries caused to her.

Asking the businessman, a resident of Bayawer in Rajastan, to pay Rs.20,000 per month maintenance to the woman, the court said that as he was not disclosing his actual employment and income, an adverse inference was required to be drawn against him.

“Having regard to the facts and circumstances of the case, status of the parties and their responsibilities, the husband is directed to pay Rs.20,000 per month as maintenance to the complainant (woman),” the court said.

The woman, a Delhi resident, in her complaint, had said that she got married to the man in November 2011 and soon after the marriage, her husband and in-laws started harassing and beating her for dowry.

She claimed that the man was running a business of artificial jewellery, earning Rs.1 lakh per month, and also owned several properties.

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