Rupees forty thousand as interim alimony. That, too, every month. This amount may sound too big, but Gujarat High Court has recently asked a man to pay this to his estranged wife.
The high court is hearing a case of matrimonial dispute between a rich and highly educated young couple who parted ways just 12 days after their marriage in 2007.
Justice Akil Kureshi of the high court passed the order keeping in mind the hefty income of the man, who earns more than Rs20 lakh a year. According to the court order, the man has to payRs25,000 for the maintenance of the woman (Seema) and Rs15,000 as
house rent if Seema resides in a separate rented house and gives proof to that effect.
As the story goes, the man (Parin), who is a graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and has done research in computer science in the USA, and Seema, an MBA, tied the knot in November 2007.However, Seema parted ways with Parin after 12 days of their marriage. This took place at Ahmedabad airport after they returned from their honeymoon in Malaysia.
Seema alleged before the police and the court that her in-laws started harassing her from day one for not having brought huge dowry and that Parin had compelled her to watch perverse videos on his palmtop and act accordingly during their honeymoon. Seema and her family filed a series of complaints before police alleging dowry harassment, and also asking for return of her belongings gifted during the marriage.
She also filed a petition to get alimony from her husband who was getting a hefty pay package of around Rs21 lakh a year. Seema approached Gujarat high court when the lower court approved an alimony of only Rs5,000 as Parin did not show his income proof.
When the case came up for hearing before the high court, Parin, after much reluctance, furnished Income Tax (I-T) returns of three previous years.
According to the returns, in the assessment year 2006-07, Parin had disclosed a gross income of Rs7,94,220 and paid tax of Rs1,81,250. In 2007-08, he disclosed a gross income of Rs9,91,631 and paid tax of Rs2,25,694 while in 2008-09, he had earned a total income of Rs21,54,622 and paid tax of Rs4,61,545.
Countering the claim for alimony, Parin informed the court that due to frequent complaints by Seema to his employers, he had lost jobs and that he had no job at present. “Even Seema is doing a job and earns Rs20,000 a month,” he told the court.
But justice Kureshi noted in the order: “The latest income of the husband, on record, exceeds Rs1.25 lakh per month. He is a highly qualified engineer, which holds considerable market value. In addition to being an engineer from IIT, he also had exposure and qualification in the filed of computer science, abroad. Therefore, it cannot be believed that he is not employed.” Meanwhile, another application moved by Seema for further investigation into the dowry case and return of gifts is pending before the high court.
While Seema’s father has written letters to different forums, alleging that a retired IPS officer is harassing them and influencing the investigation, Parin’s family has written a letter to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) citing that the girl’s family and the police are harassing them for undue reasons.
(Names and place have been changed to protect
LOL...This is news??
Was maintenance not supposed to be according to husband's monthly earnings??