Maintenance laws in India are extremely biased in favour of wives, where a woman married for one single day, voluntarily choosing to live separately, can claim lifelong tax-free income from husband.
In an interesting case reported from March 2019, a television actor told a local family court in Indore that he would pay maintenance to his estranged wife and daughter with the money he gets from the then Congress’ proposed minimum income guarantee scheme, Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY).
On March 12, the family court had ordered Anand Sharma (38) to pay an interim monthly maintenance amount of Rs 4,500 to his wife and their 12-year-old daughter, who have been living separately for some time now. A dispute between the couple is pending in court.
His petition, presented in the family court, contended that he performs small roles in TV serials and earns Rs 5,000 – Rs 6,000 per month. It said that he also has to look after his parents.
Sharma, who described himself as a struggling TV actor, asked the court to put off the March 12 order till the formation of the Congress government (post Lok Sabha polls) because his financial condition is not such that he could make regular payments to his wife.
He gave an undertaking that after the formation of a Congress government, an amount of Rs 4,500, out of the Rs 6,000 given to him under NYAY, could directly be transferred to his wife’s account.
His lawyer, Mohan Patidar, then told PTI that the family court had fixed a later date for the argument on his application.
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