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‘Rs 1,500 for 3 kids isn’t enough’

Is Rs 1,500 per month enough maintenance for three children?

delhi Updated: May 30, 2011 01:02 IST

Is Rs 1,500 per month enough maintenance for three children? No, declared the Delhi high court, which has pulled up a man for giving this paltry amount to his divorced wife for bringing up their three children.

He has now been ordered to cough up a monthly maintenance of Rs 7,500 or Rs 2,500 for each kid. Sabir Hussain, who divorced Mumtaz Begum in 2006, was told that he was "equally responsible for bringing up the three children".

The alimony will have to be paid with effect from January 2006, which works out to be R4,87,500 so far, apart from regular maintenance every month from June onwards.

In his judgment, Justice AK Pathak said even though Hussain and Mumtaz, both government employees, were not living together any more, he cannot shirk from his responsibilities as a father.

Mumtaz had approached a trial court against Hussain in January 2006. The court had ordered him to pay a maintenance of R1,000 for two children. The youngest child was not included.

However, she got interim relief in February 2006 from a higher bench of the trial court, which had directed Hussain to pay R500 for the youngest child. But dissatisfied with the amount, she approached the high court in March this year.

Justice Pathak noted that the expenses incurred by Begum on each child was about R5,000 per month, which included school fee, transportation and daily expenses.

The judge also set aside the earlier orders and asked Hussain to pay the amount with effect from January 2006. Hussain was also told to pay the petitioner's court fees of R10,000.

The judge brushed aside defence counsel's plea that Hussain was now married and has the responsibility of another child. He said he “does not find much force” in the contentions of counsel.