• Judge asks wife to search for a job rather than ask for alimony

    March 31, 2016

    According to the English dictionary, the word alimony is defined as “A husband’s (or wife’s) provision for a spouse after separation or divorce; maintenance.” Take a closer look at this definition. The Indian law has been unquestioned for a long period and the law has neither been studied well by the general public. Th definition makes it very clear that it does not ave to be the husband always who should be the one paying alimony. Even the wife could be asked to pay the alimony.

    In a bizarre turn of events in Delhi a District Court judge, Rekha Rani, advised a woman seeking alimony of Rs. 12,000 to find a job instead.

    But the ruling of the Court is not wrong by any manner since the allegations made by the husband with respect to the wife were very legitimate. According to the husband, the woman he married is a well educated person - a gold medalist in a Master of Sciences program – and thus she is much more qualified than he is. In such a case, the wife could easily find a job for herself and thus sustain her living. The husband alleged that the wife did not want to work and just wanted to sit idle so that she could enjoy with the money the husband provided for the house.

    After hearing both parties, the Judge knew who was wrong and decided to rule the case in the husband's favor. Right after the ruling, the wife made a statement that she has never traveled alone and thus to find a job, the Court should allow the husband to travel with her. This request was brushed aside by the Judge as “neither palatable nor digestible.”

    The wife also pointed out that she has never had previous job experience and thus she would find it very difficult to find a job, to which the Judge gave a quick answer -  that if she was smart enough and  capable of coming to litigation court on her own, she would very well be capable of finding a job as well.



    The decision of the Judge was commendable. The Judge knew the true meaning of an alimony and did not allow the wife to take advantage of the ignorance of the general public regarding alimony laws. The problem is not with the wife or the husband but with the general public and their knowledge of the law. It is a judgment which may sound like an alien thing for the court to do, but there has been various instances in the past of the same nature. It goes on to show that the law is not to be interpreted in only one way. There is no hard and fast rule of understanding the law. It delivers justice and that is the bottomline.



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