'Second wife has right to maintenance'
In a significant ruling, the Delhi HC has held that a man's second wife has the right to claim maintenance in the event of a divorce, reports Harish V Nair.Updated: Sep 23, 2007, 02:07 IST
In a significant ruling, the Delhi High Court has held that a man's second wife has the right to claim maintenance in the event of a divorce if he had misrepresented himself as a bachelor to trick her into a marriage.
The court said though a bigamous marriage is illegal under the Hindu Law, the woman whose life has been ruined on account of the deceitful act, is entitled to a lump sum amount in the form of damages.
A Bench of Justices AK Sikri and Aruna Suresh said this while setting aside a trial court order dismissing a petition filed by Narinder Kaur seeking maintenance.