Court rules adulterous divorcees cannot claim alimony

HAPPamonyA judge in the Madras High Court recently ruled that a woman divorced for adultery may not claim maintenance from her ex-husband.

The ruling that infers that a woman must remain celibate even after her divorce has women’s activists worried, as the ruling has wider implications.

The case that led to the ruling dates back to 2009 when a man accused his wife of adultery and filed for a divorce. The woman in question demanded a monthly alimony and denied the charge of adultery, and instead accused her husband of being in an illicit relationship.

Finally in July 2015 the judge said the woman was not entitled to claim alimony if she had committed adultery before the dissolution of her marriage.

Women’s rights activists described the ruling as appalling and preachy. Some feel the ruling is an anachronism.