Sons asked to pay maintenance to mothers

In landmark judgments, the Maintenance Tribunal in Kodagu has ruled in three cases that the respondents (children) should pay monthly allowance towards maintenance of the applicants (mothers).

Headed by Senior Assistant Commissioner of Kodagu M.R. Ravi, the tribunal passed the orders, which are likely to set the tone for deciding similar other cases in the State.

The judgments have come into force from November 5, 2011. All three orders were passed on the basis of Section (9) of the Maintenance And Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, Mr. Ravi told The Hindu .

Nanjamma's plea

The first case was filed by K.A. Nanjamma, wife of late K.N. Appaji from Madikeri on June 15, 2011. She said that she had four sons and three daughters, and that she should be paid a monthly maintenance between Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 25,000.

Mr. Ravi, who heard the arguments of all seven respondents (children), took into consideration their economic status, property owned by them and their income, and passed an order stating that all four sons should pay their mother a sum of Rs. 2,500 each as monthly allowance towards her maintenance and that they should deposit the cash in her bank account. During the hearing, while two sons expressed their willingness to take care of their mother, two others agreed to pay maintenance fixed by the tribunal. As the daughters had not taken any share from the parents' property, they were exempted from paying maintenance , the tribunal ruled.

The second case

In the second case, H.S. Lakshmi, wife of late H.S. Srinivas from Cherala-Srimangala village near Chettalli in Somwarpet taluk of Kodagu had filed a plea before the tribunal on July 25, 2011 seeking monthly maintenance allowance of Rs. 3,000 from each of her three sons. The tribunal heard the parties concerned, and after taking into consideration the property that each of the three sons owned and the expenditure they were incurring on their families, ruled that the three sons should deposit Rs. 3,000 each every month into their mother's bank account towards her maintenance.

Rs. 10,000 a month

In the third case, U.M. Bollamma, wife of late U.S. Monnappa from Nelaji village in Madikeri taluk, filed a plea before the tribunal on July 28, 2011. She sought Rs. 20,000 monthly allowance for her maintenance from her son. She told the tribunal that she would prefer to live with her two daughters and not her son. The tribunal, in its order, told the son to deposit Rs. 10,000 maintenance in his mother's account every month.

Besides, the tribunal directed the applicants (mothers) in the three cases to intimate it after their children deposited the monthly maintenance in their respective bank accounts.


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