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In live-in relationship, women always at receiving end: Mumbai court orders Leander Paes to pay ₹1.5 lakh maintenance to Rhea Pillai

Judicial Magistrate First Class Komalsing Rajput, therefore, ordered the Olympic medalist tennis star to pay ₹1.5 lakh per month to Pillai.

Pertinently, the Court in its judgment noted the difficulties faced by women from society and from a legal standpoint, when they enter into live-in relationships.

“Sexual relationship beyond the ties of marriage is not widely accepted even today also. It’s existence across societies is not in dispute. Several times it posed situations leading to conflict between law and morality. Such relationship put parties into peril. Particularly, a female partner, is always at the receiving end. A patriarchal society caused various injustices to a female partners involved in such relationships beyond marriage. The available legal measures for such female partner are also found to be inadequate resulting in her exploitation and abuse,” the Court said.

The judgement came seven years after Pillai, represented by Senior Advocate Mahesh Jethmalani and Amna Usman, filed a suit under Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (Domestic Violence Act or DV Act) against Paes and his father, Vace Paes.

Pillai said that she and Paes had been dating since 2003, that they lived together from 2005 to 2006, and that they had a child in 2006.

It was said that they later relocated to Bandra, where Paes’ father joined them. As a result, tensions between them arose. Paes applied to the Family Court in Bandra for custody of his daughter. Following this, Pillai filed a court lawsuit under the Act in 2014, alleging that Paes had abused her.

Source: Barandbench

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