as per my learned councel friends, the maintenance shall have to be granted to the wife is based on the income of both husband & wife as well if the wife is unemployed then certain criteria such as any immovable property existing in her name, of her own or gifted, through which she can make income for he maintenance etc is also taken in consideration.
The amount of maintenance fixed by the court can always be altered with the change in the income of either of them & circumstance of the case. The amount that should be allowed to the wife need not be a fixed amount and it varies from the facts of the case, social status of living, other personal responsibilities on both such as dependent parents & children.
There is no such thing that in no case, the amount of maintenance cannot be more then Rs5000/-P.M. for example, if the husband has income of Rs1 lacs after paying all taxes then why the court can't fix above Rs5000/- as monthly maintenance for wife? In such case the wife will claim more then Rs5000/- as monthly maintenance & even the court will grant it.
At the same time if both husband & wife have almost equal monthly income & expenditures then no monthly maintenance is allowed to either of them as the case may be under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955.