Rs 40,000 Maintenance Not High For Two Kids In Big City Like Delhi, Says Court

A Delhi court declined to reduce maintenance amount of Rs 40,000 which a man should pay to his two minor daughters citing high cost of living.

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Rs 40,000 Maintenance Not High For Two Kids In Big City Like Delhi, Says Court

A Delhi court ruled that Rs 40,000 is not high to maintain two kids in a city like Delhi.

New Delhi:  A Delhi court has declined to reduce a maintenance amount of Rs 40,000, which a man should pay to his two minor daughters, saying it was not high in a big city like Delhi. His wife had filed a domestic violence case.

Additional Sessions Judge Lokesh Kumar Sharma dismissed the man's plea against a magisterial court order directing him to pay interim maintenance to his two daughters.

"After going through the order passed by metropolitan magistrate and considering financial and economic status of the parties, the amount of interim maintenance as awarded in favour of minor daughters does not appear to me to be on a higher side especially in a metropolitan city like Delhi," Mr Sharma said. 

"Accordingly, the appeal as filed is dismissed being devoid of any merits," he said.

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In his appeal, the man contended that his estranged wife was earning more than him, and maintaining the two children was a joint responsibility.

The woman, who is staying separately with the two girls, alleged that the man subjected her to cruelty. She also sought maintenance for herself, which the court declined.

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