PUNE: A magistrate court has ordered a Muslim man to pay Rs 10,000 per month as maintenance amount to his second wife, who is now 75 years old. She was unable to conceive and hence she was being harassed.
According to the case details, both were professors. The man, who is also an author, has children from his first wife. After her death, he married the complainant in 1980 and then again married another woman, from whom he has children. All of them stayed together till 2015.
“I heard his taunts and harassment all these years even though he treated me like his servant. I even helped marry the children of his third wife. I gave up when after an accident on September 20, 2015, he left me on road in an injured condition. It was Bakri Eid and we were going on the bike when the accident happened. A stranger helped me reach home. I had injuries on my left leg. After much pleadings, he agreed to take me to hospital but made me sign a cheque of Rs 25,000. Also, he had taken Rs 14,000 from my cupboard and said that he spent them on my treatment. Since then, I am staying with my sister,” the woman stated in her complaint.
Her lawyers Akshaya Dhavale-Athavale and Namita Kanhurkar-Redij argued that her husband is refusing to look after her in her old age. “He should appoint a caretaker for her and also give her maintenance money,” they argued.
On the other hand, the man refuted all allegations against him. “We lived together between 1980-2015 but she didn’t complain about anything. I married my second wife after getting the complainant’s nod. She has filed a bogus complaint on the instigation of her brother and sister. I had always agreed to stay together and look after her. There was no domestic violence. She gets Rs 16,000 pension and also owns flats in Aurangabad and gets rent,” he submitted to the court.
The woman’s lawyers pointed out that he gets Rs 50,000 pension besides Rs 2.15 lakh royalty from the sale of his books.
After hearing both sides, judicial magistrate (first class) Vishakha Patil ordered the man to pay his wife Rs 10,000 per month as interim maintenance amount.