@ Author and Ambika
The present position of law (maint.), from its bare reading is evident that the following principles emerge from the judgments till date:-
A. Maintenance depends upon the summation of all the facts of the situation [as laid down in Re.: Dr. Kulbhushan Kunwar Vs. Raj Kumari AIR 1971 SC 234].
B. For granting maintenance, the scale and mode of living, the age, habits, wants and class of the life of the parties has to be regarded [as laid down in Re.: Dr. Kulbhushan Kunwar Vs. Raj Kumari AIR 1971 SC 23].
C. Maintenance being such that the wife could live in a reasonable comfort; considering her status and mode of life which she was used to while living with her husband [as laid down in Re.: Jasbir Kaur Sehgal Vs. District Judge, Dehradun and Ors. 1997 (7) SCC 7]
D. During the pendency of the suit for maintenance, which may take a considerable time to attain finality, the wife cannot be forced to face starvation till she is subsequently granted maintenance from the date of the filing of the suit [as laid down in Re.: Neelam Malhotra Vs. Rajinder Malhotra and Ors. AIR 1994 Delhi 234 ].
E. Maintenance must necessarily encompass a provision for residence. Maintnenace is given so that the lady can live in the manner, more or less, to which she was accustomed. [as laid down in Re.: Komalam Amma Vs. Kumara Pillai Raghavan Pillai and Ors. SLP (C) No. 3670/2005 decided on 14th November, 2008]
F. Maintenance, necessarily must encompass a provision for residence. Maintenance is given so that the lady can live in the manner, more or less, to which she was accustomed. The concept of maintenance must, therefore, include provision for food and clothing and the like and take into account the basic need of a roof over the head. [as laid down in Re.: Mangat Mal Vs. Punni Devi (1995) 6 SCC 88]
G. Maintenance must vary according to the position and status of a person. It does not only mean food and entertaiment. [as laid down in Re. : Maharani Kesarkunverba v. I.T. Commissioner, AIR 1960 SC 1343]
All authorities quoted detailed text readers may find in www.indiankanoon.org
Now there is a widespread view apt to both genders situations pan India and that is what a particular section says ‘wow great judgment for wife’ [and in turn you get I Pods] but you (generic) are overlooking the very principals of ‘equality’ in the name of throwing a largesse ‘welfare to only one spouse’ which is the main bone of contentions among prudent minds and all these results into on and off skirmish at progressive legal discussion forums such as LCI - Family Law postings.
Now, some eye opener quotes if you (@ Roshni B) claims to be ‘a just’ custodian of “for justice and dignity” well claiming such @ aka, it itself is misnomer to prudent mind …………..
A.Sources of laws.
1.Laws do not lie in the pages of books.
2.Laws lie in the minds of men.
3.Pages of books are just alibi.
B.Laws in practice.
1.Facts and laws remaining the same interpretation can be anything as their lordships please.
2. Ignore the facts and laws and prevail the opinion and that is the law in the case in hand.
"Wife can say thousand lies and those will be accepted as true.
You will say 1000 truths and those will be treated as lies.
Great men in India say that it is a male dominated society."
- Dr. Jogeshwar Mahanta
"Over Legislation is not necessarily a virtue. It often leads to misuse of law."
- Arun Jaitley
(BJP Leader, Former Law Minister & Lawyer)
Now some more gyan for researching new member @ Ambika
“I used to date her once upon a time every now and then, and now I just get the court dates, every now and then. After meeting a partner it seems life is all about dates dates and dates.” This is what most of the guys undergoing cases tell me. Offlate even girls undergoing cases too have been calling up the helpline and displaying the same mindsets stating “Date parr to abhi bhi jaate hain lekin paristhiti kuch alag hai” (translated for non hindi readers as Dates still happen in life but only the circumstances [ref. to court dates] are different”
So, best wishes to you all who are discovering (means reporting here) both versions of main bone of contentions of a couple who are in litigation.