Take Care of Yourself: Delhi HC Denies Maintenance to Working Lady

The court denied the plea of a chartered accountant demanding maintenance from her husband.

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The court said that a professional woman should take care of herself. (Photo: iStock photo)

Rejecting the plea of a chartered accountant demanding maintenance from her estranged husband, the Delhi High Court on Thursday said that a woman who is professionally qualified should take care of herself, as reported by The Times of India.

The appellant/wife, who is a qualified chartered accountant and has been in the profession since 2003, need not be granted interim maintenance under Section 24 of the Hindu Marriage Act.
Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Pratibha Rani

The wife had appealed against a trial court order that awarded her Rs 22,900 a month towards maintenance of her two children.

She argued that her income is Rs 7,000 per month but the high court rubbished her claim saying that a “well-qualified wife who is working as a CA since 2003, cannot be expected to earn only Rs 7,000 per month, which is below the minimum wages payable to an unskilled worker.”

The estranged husband is an electrical engineer who runs his own business. He filed for divorce owing to “differences”. The wife had also appealed for an interim maintenance of Rs 3 lakh per month and about 1 Rs lakh towards litigation expenses.

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