High Court Upholds Maintenance Order in RPFC No. 184 of 2019

High Court Upholds Maintenance Order

High Court Upholds Maintenance Order

In the case of RPFC No. 184 of 2019, the Karnataka High Court recently made a significant ruling concerning maintenance. Here’s a breakdown of the judgment:


Sri. Ashwathnarayana, the petitioner, challenged the maintenance order issued by the Principal Judge, Family Court at Tumakuru, which granted maintenance to his wife, Smt. Sumithra, and their minor daughter, Kusuma, under Section 125 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.P.C).

Petitioner’s Argument:

The petitioner, who claimed to be physically person with a disability and unemployed, argued that he relied on a monthly pension from the government and support from his family. He contended that the maintenance amount awarded by the Family Court was excessive due to his financial constraints.

Respondents’ Defense:

The respondents justified the maintenance order, highlighting the petitioner’s past employment and his duty as a husband and father to support his family. They emphasized that financial difficulties cannot excuse the petitioner from fulfilling his obligations.

Court’s Decision:

After considering both arguments, the High Court upheld the maintenance order, rejecting the petitioner’s plea. It emphasized the husband’s responsibility to provide for his wife and children, regardless of his financial situation. The court deemed the awarded maintenance amount as essential for the family’s survival in society.


This judgment reaffirms the legal obligation of spouses and parents to provide maintenance, emphasizing that financial challenges do not absolve individuals from this responsibility.

In summary, the High Court’s decision in RPFC No. 184 of 2019 underscores the importance of maintenance obligations and sets a precedent for similar cases in the future.

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