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Bombay High Court directs teacher to pay alimony for divorced husband

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In a role reversal of sorts, the Bombay High Court has directed a woman to pay alimony to her former husband, stating that since the woman is in better position and her former husband is in need of money, so she should do the needful.

Upholding the verdict of a local court in Nanded district of Maharashtra, which had directed the woman to pay Rs 3,000 to her divorced husband, the Aurangabad Bench of Justice Bharati Dangre observed on February 26 that either of the spouses can claim alimony under the Hindu Marriage Act.

As per the case, the couple got married in 1992 and were divorced in 2015 after the wife approached the court alleging cruelty.

The husband then filed a petition seeking alimony of Rs 15,000 per month and claimed he did not have any source of income.

He also claimed that he encouraged his wife to complete her higher studies, while he managed the household.

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The wife claimed the husband had a grocery shop and also earns from leasing out his auto-rickshaw, while she has to take care of their daughter too.

The Counsel appearing for the woman opposed the alimony claim, stating that while the divorce was granted in 2015, the ex-husband sought alimony in 2017.

The argument was rejected by the Single-Judge Bench of the High Court, which observed that alimony can be sought any time.

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