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Muslim man to maintain divorced wife even after 'iddat'

Muslim man to maintain divorced wife even after 'iddat'

Author: Indo-Asian News Service
Publication: Yahoo News
Date: December 18, 2002
URL: http://in.news.yahoo.com/021218/43/1z804.html

The Orissa High Court has ruled that a Muslim husband is obligated to pay a reasonable maintenance for his divorced wife beyond the three-month 'iddat' period.

A division bench comprising judges Basudev Panigrahi and Choudhury P.K. Mishra gave this verdict on an appeal filed by Asfa Begum challenging a family court's order favouring her ex-husband S.K. Abdul Sanim.

Sanim had stopped paying Asfa Begum Rs.500 a month after the iddat, or three months on the lunar calendar since the divorce.

While the family court had favoured Sanim, the high court felt a Muslim man was obligated to make a reasonable and fair maintenance provision for his divorced wife even after the iddat was over.

But the judges said a divorced Muslim woman would forfeit her right to maintenance immediately if she remarried or became economically independent.

"The judgement has given a ray of hope to thousands of divorced Muslim women," a jubilant Asfa Begum, who is based in nearby Cuttack city, told IANS.

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