In a new dimension to the Domestic Violence Act, a Delhi court has awarded maintenance to a 70-year-old destitute woman, who pleaded in the court seeking justice against ill-treatment by her adopted son.
Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Kamini Lau said, “The mother is entitled to maintenance not only from her adopted son but also from her married daughter.”
The judge, in the packed courtroom slammed Rohit Bharti, who had allegedly beaten up his mother Krishna, and confined her to a room.
“Domestic relations are meant to cover sisters, widows, mothers and daughters and single women,” said the judge.
Krishna, a resident of Jahangir Puri, approached the court seeking modification in a trial court order, which awarded Rs 250 as maintenance from her adopted son. The ASJ said the amount was, “Absolutely inadequate by all means for a living.”
The court immediately ordered that a sum of Rs 2,500 per month be paid by Rohit to her mother in lieu of keeping a portion of her house under his possession.
Noting that Krishna is a senior citizen, the court ordered police to ensure her safety. “The SHO of the area concerned should ensure that she is duly enrolled for the scheme of ensuring protection of senior citizens,” the court said.