Centre to streamline issues related to maintenance
Centre has constituted a district-level committee to address and streamline the issues related to maintenance as large number of women are facing difficulties in getting maintenance despite the fact that the court has ruled in their favour.
To resolve the procedural difficulties in accessing money awarded to women by court in cases of divorce or domestic violence, the central ministry of Child Development, Home Affairs and Law and Justice are involved in heavy deliberations on how to effectively deal such complaints from women.
The proposed committee will be headed by a district judge with the superintendent of police and representatives from civil society group as its members. This proposal if implemented will bring huge relief to women specifically to those who belong to lower strata of society since they don’t have funds to pursue legal battles.
This move of the centre is a step forward in strengthening the rights of women after the recent judgement of Supreme Court which declared the practice of triple talaq as unconstitutional.
Post the verdict from Supreme Court, the government has clarified that henceforth any case of instant triple talaq will be treated as a case of domestic violence.
The minister of women and child development has written a letter to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad telling him that the ministry has been receiving a plethora of complaints relating to maintenance. The ministry has urged to expedite the working of the committee so that such matters can be addressed at the earliest.
Maneka Gandhi said, “The objective is to monitor the timely disbursal of the maintenance awarded by the court. The committee will also supervise the speedy execution of warrants in case one is being issued by the court towards the grant of maintenance.
The law ministry is also deliberating on approaching Chief Justice of India and requesting him to issue an advisory to all chief justices of the High court to ensure that the subordinate courts should simplify the procedure and “ensure timely execution of proceedings with regard to grant of maintenance of women.
Article by the Mr.K.P.Satish Kumar M.L. Top Divorce Advocate in Chennai
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