The recent ruling of the Supreme Court, sending a man to jail for failing to pay maintenance to his wife, has been welcomed by advocates who point out that the courts are taking a serious view of orders not being followed.
In this particular case, the Bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice V. Gopala Gowda had stated in their order dated November 25, 2013 that a compensation of Rs 5 lakh was to be paid to the wife within six months.
Also a maintenance of Rs 2,000 had been granted to her. In her contempt petition, Saraswathy alleged disobedience to the direction of the court order by her husband Babu who had neither paid maintenance nor the compensation.
Advocate W. Rachana said, “The courts are now acting very quickly to the cases presented to them. In this case, it has shown its sensitivity and also acted immediately which is a welcome change for many women who are struggling to get justice. This positive change helps to restore faith and also encourages people to approach courts in case of abuse or settlement issues.”
A recent case which has been a talking point in the state is that of senior civil judge of Khammam, M. Venkata Ramana, who granted divorce to a couple after hearing one of the petitioners over Skype.
Advocate Basava Punnaiah said, “The court wanted to hear both the petitioners personally. As the woman was in US, her version was taken through Skype. This is a welcome change as the justice system ensures it is not delayed and at the same time it is delivered after verifying the facts.”
Advocate Momin Roshan said, “Many a times, courts are the last resort for women who do not want to waste time waiting for years to get justice. The present system of fast track courts and also acting promptly on judgments not being followed send strong signals in the society that the court has a stern view.”