Now Muslim women will also get alimony after divorce, Supreme Court gives historic verdict

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: Now Muslim women will also get alimony after divorce. The Supreme Court, while giving its verdict today, said that under Section 125 of the CrPC, now Muslim women can also use this law to get alimony after divorce. It has nothing to do with religion. A bench of Justice BV Nagarathna and Justice Augustine George Masih has given this verdict. The court bench further said that Section 125 will now apply to all married women.Muslim woman won the battle
A Muslim man had challenged the Hyderabad High Court order asking him to pay interim alimony of Rs 10,000 to his ex-wife. The man's counsel argued that due to the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986, a divorced Muslim woman cannot claim alimony under Section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. However, the Supreme Court bench rejected this argument and said that a Muslim woman also has the right to alimony under the common law.

What did the court say in its decision?
In its decision, the Supreme Court said that paying alimony is not a charity but a fundamental right of married women. The court said that this right is beyond the boundaries of religion and strengthens the principle of gender equality and economic security for all married women. While delivering the verdict, Judge Nagarathna said that we dismiss this appeal, our main conclusion is that Section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure will apply to all women, not just married women.

In this important decision, the Supreme Court also said that now the time has come for Indian men to understand how important the role of housewives and their sacrifice is in running the house. The court bench emphasized that the husband should help his wife financially. It also suggested that the husband and wife should open a bank account together and both should have ATM cards. This will strengthen the financial condition of the women in the house.

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