“Daughters will not be an obligation, learn Article 14”: SC asks father to pay alimony

Chief Justice DY Chandrachud said that “daughters pose no responsibility” while referring to Article 14 of the Indian Constitution.

Bombay: The Supreme Court, hearing a case Friday concerning the payment of child support to a woman by a father, said “daughters are not an obligation.”

The remark by a panel of judges from DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna came Friday after the attorney appeared before the man and said the woman was a liability.

“Daughters are not an obligation,” Judge Chandrachud noted, referring to Article 14 of the Constitution, which deals with equality before the law.

The Supreme Court had ruled in October 2020 that the lawyer representing the petitioners said no amount had been paid for child support obligations after April 2018 at Rs 8,000 per month for the daughter and Rs 400 per month for the daughter the woman was charged . This was the case, he then asked the man to pay his wife and daughter Rs 2,50,000 within two weeks.
Later, when the case was heard in May this year, the bank learned that the woman had died last year.

The lawyer who appeared for the man had informed the court that he had made the additional payments properly and referred to the bank statements.

The court said in May: “In order to enable the court to make a factual finding as to whether the alimony order has been complied with, we are asking the Justice, once the facts have been established, to prepare a factual finding from counsel acting on behalf of the applicants and the Respondent appears.”

He had pointed out that the (judicial) report by the registrar had to be prepared within eight weeks. When the case went to court on Friday, the board was told the woman is a lawyer and had passed the preliminary examination for a court service examination.

The Supreme Court ruled that the woman should focus on her trials so as not to be dependent on her father. After telling the court that the woman and her father had not spoken to each other for a long time, the court suggested that they speak to each other.

The panel asked the man to pay his daughter Rs 50,000 by August 8.

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