Asserting that the Domestic Violence (DV) Act is not only for married victims a city court has directed a man who was in a "live in" relationship with a woman to pay her a monthly maintenance of Rs 10,000. The court has also directed him to arrange for a separate accommodation for her.
"A woman, even if she is not a lawfully married wife but has only been having a live-in relationship is entitled to protection under this Act as the relationship is a domestic relationship,” Metropolitan Magistrate Praveen Singh said.
The court’s observations came while deciding a petition by complainant Neena (name changed), who had sought various reliefs under the DV Act from her husband Arun Kirpal.
Kirpal had, however, opposed her petition claiming that the two were not lawfully married as per Hindu rites and rituals and were in a live in relationship.The magistrate, however, dismissed Arun’s plea and said that after it was proved that she was in a domestic relationship with him and that violence was perpetrated on her, there was no bar on the court under the DV Act from granting her relief.
The court has also directed him not to sell their house at Defence Colony, a shared household of the couple. The court also rejected the defence contention that Neena has also filed cases under other sections against the accused.