What an ass of a law is PWDVA …
judges keep muttering under their breath.
New Delhi, Mar 7 (PTI) A woman cannot claim the right to residence in the houses owned by her in-laws under the Domestic Violence Act as she can seek maintenance only from her husband, sons and daughters, a Delhi court has said.
“The wife has no right to claim residence in the house belonging to her mother-in-law or father-in-law and a woman has the right of maintenance only against her husband, sons and daughters and not against her in-laws,” Additional Sessions Judge Madhu Jain said.
The court made the observations while dismissing an appeal of a woman against an order of a Metropolitan Magistrate, who had rejected her claim to residence in the house owned by her in-laws.
It said that the Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence Act, 2005 has been passed as a welfare measure and not to blackmail the other party.