$300 too less for wife to sustain in US: High Court to husband

Observing that $300 (Rs 15,000) was too small an amount to sustain abroad, Bombay High Court (HC) has asked a US-based Indian to increase interim monthly maintenance to his wife pursuing higher studies in the US to $1,200 (Rs 60,000).

Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode took on record a document submitted by Pushpa Jadhav (name changed) showing husband Rajesh earned $9,000 per month. She said she was not able to sustain herself in the US with $300 awarded by a family court earlier.

"It is the minimum amount to sustain in USA we have asked the husband to pay," the judges said Tuesday, adding that $300 was too less to meet food, clothing, conveyance and medical expenses. The wife had challenged order of a family court in Pune, delivered in May last year.

The couple married in Pune on May 7, 2007, and left for the US shortly thereafter.

However, the wife returned to India 45 days later to attend to her ailing grandmother. The husband too came to India, but returned alone.

He later refused to call back wife to the US and filed a divorce petition in a family court through his parents. The petition was dismissed. The wife, who was in India, then filed proceedings for restitution of conjugal rights, which was allowed but execution of the order could not take place.

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