Threatened with honour killing, two Ludhiana sisters have moved court to demand `4 crore annual maintenance from father.
With this money they want to pursue studies and meet daily expenses, they have submitted before metropolitan magistrate Monika Saroha here, alleging that they were subjected to torture, harassment, beating and all kinds of abuse when living with parents.
In February 2010, faced with the prospect of being put under house arrest, the girls had run away to Delhi with a family friend, and joined a Delhi college to complete studies. "They have received threats of honour killing and the respondents are capable of carrying it out," submitted the sister's lawyer, Shaan Mohan, asking that the father be told to pay `2 crore a year to each daughter and give them a house and access to their personal items.
Until the father had bought them a house, he should secure an accommodation for them and pay its rent, the counsel added. The younger sister, preparing for the civil services entrance examination, told the judge that they were students and they had no source of income. Earlier, the Delhi high court had provided the sisters with police protection after they reported attacks by family friends. The counsel has also asked for directions to the station house officer (SHO) concerned to give protection to the girls.
"The petitioners (the sisters) are unable to maintain themselves, as they do not possess even any movable and immovable property, and respondent number 1 (the father) is duty bound to maintain his daughters, who are students," argued the sister's lawyer, adding: "The respondent neglected to maintain the sisters intentionally, wilfully and deliberately, and caused economic domestic violence against the complainants."
The girls have submitted that the trouble began when they told her father they wanted to pursue MBA and he threatened to withdraw them from college. The counsel argued that the parents should be prohibited from committing domestic violence the father especially should be stopped from repeating any physical, mental or sexual form of abuse; threatening and framing them; and sending people to threaten the daughters and their friends.
The court has told the father to respond by January next year.