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Professionally Qualified Woman Should Take Care Of Herself, Rules Delhi HC
Professionally Qualified Woman Should Take Care Of Herself, Rules Delhi HC

Denying maintenance demanded by a chartered accountant from her estranged husband, Delhi High Court on Wednesday said that a professionally qualified woman should be able to take care of herself.

While rejecting the plea of a woman who had sought an interim maintenance of Rs 3 lakh per month for herself and their two children, and around 1 Rs lakh towards litigation expenses, the Court said “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”

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The wife had appealed against a trial court order that awarded her Rs 22,900 a month towards maintenance of her two children but declined to award an interim maintenance to her.

She appealed against trial court order, arguing that her income is Rs 7,000 per month but HC refused to buy the claim and noted 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.