NEW DELHI: A Delhi court has rebuked a man for his reluctance to pay maintenance to his aged and ailing mother, terming his attitude as "inhuman and "shameful" as he failed to understand his responsibility towards the woman, who gave birth to him.
Additional Sessions Judge Savita Rao pulled up the Civil Lines resident, while upholding the trial court's order to him to pay Rs 800 per month to his mother.
"He (man) does not understand his responsibility towards the woman who had given birth to him as he does not want to give any share out of his income to his mother. "He has gone ahead to even level the allegation that by way of the petition under Section 125 of the CrPC (for maintenance, his mother wants to extort money from him which only points out his inhuman, shameful attitude towards the most adorable relationship of human beings," the court said.
The order came on the man's plea challenging a magisterial court's order which had ordered him and his brother to pay alimony of Rs 800 each per month to their mother.
The man refused to give her money arguing that he has to maintain his wife, who is suffering from various ailments, and three children including a daughter of marriageable age.
The court, however, rejected the man's plea saying it was "disgusting" as though he has the responsibility to look after his wife and three children but he cannot be absolved of his duty to take care of his other.
The man, working as a contract labour, argued he has to arrange huge money for the marriage of his daughter and as he was earning Rs 3,000 per month, he was not in a position to pay Rs 800 to his mother.
This plea, however, was rejected by the court, which pointed out that even the minimum wages for unskilled worker was Rs 6,656 per month.
"Despite the order of the trial court for payment of a meagre sum of Rs 800 he (man) has preferred to file revision petition. Accordingly, finding no infirmity or illegality in the order (of magistrate) and also no merits in the claim of petitioner, same is dismissed," ASJ Rao said.