Adultery proved, woman not entitled to alimony

CHANDIGARH: Giving respite to an Army Major, whose wife was having an illicit relationship with her cousin, a Rohtak court has held that an adulterous woman was not entitled for alimony from her estranged husband.

The woman had moved the petition seeking alimony from her estranged husband. The woman was having an illicit relationship with her cousin and continued the same even after her marriage with the Army officer.

Major Praveen Dalal, a resident of Chiri village in Rohtak district, had married the woman from Palongi village on December 10, 2011. In February 2013, Praveen came to know about his wife’s illicit relationship with her cousin. In a letter on February 2, 2013, the woman confessed to Praveen about her relationship, which she continued even after the marriage.

Thereafter, both decided to give a decent burial to their relationship and filed a divorce plea with mutual consent before the Rohtak court on February 18, 2013. After filing the divorce petition, the woman’s parents lodged an FIR against Praveen and his family for demanding dowry. A police investigation, however, found the allegations were false and even found exchange of around 2300 calls and chatting record between the woman and her cousin. Cops also filed cancellation of dowry charges against Praveen and his family.

Thereafter, the girl filed a plea for maintenance allowance of Rs 25,000 per month from her estranged husband. She pleaded that her estranged husband was serving in the Army and getting salary of around Rs 65,000 per month. She also gave details of other properties owned by her husband. The judicial magistrate first class (JMIC) Manjeet Pal on November 28 held that the applicant living in adultery is not entitled for any maintenance.

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