Supreme Court's historic decision: Muslim women will get alimony even after divorce

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has given a historic verdict that now Muslim women will also be entitled to get alimony under Section 125 of the CrPC after divorce. This decision was given on 10 July 2024 by a bench of Justice BV Nagarathna and Justice Augustine George Masih.

Why is this decision important?

This decision is a big relief for those Muslim women who are facing financial difficulties after divorce.
This is a victory of secularism and shows that all women, regardless of their religion, have equal rights.
This decision will help empower women economically and make them self-reliant.
What did the Supreme Court say?

What did the Supreme Court say

The court said that paying maintenance allowance is the fundamental right of the wife and it is beyond religion.
Section 125 will apply to all married women and will not be limited to just Muslim women.
Indian men need to understand how important the contribution and sacrifices of housewives are.
The husband should provide financial support to his wife.
Husband and wife should open a bank account together and both should have the ATM card.
This decision is a big victory for women and it gives them the right to live a safe and dignified life.

A revolutionary decision for women

The verdict challenges the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986, which held that divorced Muslim women cannot claim maintenance under Section 125.
The Supreme Court said that Section 125 strengthens the principles of gender equality and economic security.

 

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