Should Educated Women be Given Maintenance?

June 15, 2017 – 5:50 pm

By the notion of gender equality, men and women should be equal. The constitution of India considers all its citizens equal. Women also demands equality with men. This equality should be equal in all means. I completely support equality between men and women. Since they are equal they should also stand for themselves. I wrote in my previous post why all educated and able bodied women should work. If they are not working without any substantial reason they are skipping their responsibility towards the society and nation. This argument in itself should not entitle them to any maintenance.

Lets take some scenarios and see how maintenance works in Indian courts:

Lets take situation # 1:

Husband is a graduate and wife is also graduate. So education wise they are equal. Also, both of them are working. Husband is earning Rs 50,000 and wife is earning Rs 30,000. In such a case typically no maintenance is ordered if no child is involved.

Situation # 2:

Husband is a graduate and wife is post graduate. Education wise wife is more educated. Also, both of them are working and wife is earning more. In such a case, typically no maintenance is ordered if no child is involved.

Situation # 3:

Husband is a post graduate and wife is a graduate. Education wise husband is more educated. Also, both of them are working and husband is earning way more than the wife. Say husband is earning Rs 100,000 and wife is earning Rs 20,000. In such case as well maintenance may not be ordered provided it is proved that she went to court with unclean hands and cruelty grounds.

Situation # 4:

Husband is a graduate and wife is post graduate. Husband is working and wife is not working. In such a case normally courts order a maintenance. But the amount of maintenance will depend on husband’s earning, his obligations like loans, house rent, monthly expenditure, health insurance, parents treatment etc.

For educated non working wife, it should be highlighted that they are educated and capable. Why they are not working? In case she was working before marriage, this should be presented before the court with proofs. As she was working before marriage, she is very much capable of working. She has left job after or before marriage.

Women always says they are equal to men and demands equality. Then what happens when it comes to matrimonial cases. Here they become incapacitated. If they are equal (I believe so) then they should also contribute to the marital household. If a dispute arises between husband and wife and if it is not reconcilable then she should probably go her way and work for herself. No one in the society provides for men if he does not work. He will be made fun of. Then how it is a gender equality when the women is not working. If a women cannot wok for some reason or has a medical condition that can be considered but how about healthy and educated women. If we take this into consideration then many women are saying that women are not equal.

An Educated and Able Bodied Women Should Work

June 14, 2017 – 5:36 pm

The constitution of India has given equal rights to all its citizen. So all laws in India should be gender neutral. But the truth is that many laws in India are highly biased towards women. A men need to work for his survival. If he does not work he is called lazy and what not. If a men is unemployed then people make fun of him. No women would like to get married to an unemployed men. No women’s parents would also want their daughters to get married to an unemployed men. However, it is perfectly ok for a women not wanting to work. Now a days there are so many instances where the women is educated and able bodied but still do not want to work. Is it only the men’s responsibility to earn? Is this not a bias?

If an educated women with a able body / mind is not willing to work, it is actually a loss to the society and the nation. The education which she has attained should be used to give back to the society and the nation. When we work we are also increasing economic activity and by providing income tax we are also giving a helping hand to nation building. I feel every able bodied men and women should work. There should not be any gender bias on this. All nations and even the UN is talking about gender equality but are they also taking stock of what kind of equality are we achieving.  If any organization or nation is talking about gender equality then it should be equal by fair means.

Chrissy Stockton wrote an article on why women don’t want Careers. She says that most of the women don’t want to have a career because she has an option whereas men don’t. For men work is not an option but a survival thing. Amy Glass says when it comes to women there is no equality gap there is an ambition gap. There may be opportunity issues for women from poor families or rural areas. But Amy Glass’ words do apply to all educated women from well to do families. The bottom line is everybody should have a will to work and contribute to the society and nation. Sheryl Sandberg said “Until women are as ambitious as men, they’re not gong to achieve as much as men.” It is not fair to blame men if they are successful because of their hard work. HuffingtonPost India has noted 17 points on why women should work. Sheroes notes 30 points and wisestep notes 12 points. They say it makes a women better.

Then there is this trend as well, women wants to quit their job post marriage. Is after marriage the women becomes incapable of work or it is just the husband’s responsibility to earn? Women should work because it is for themselves mostly.

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