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Self-employed men hide income in alimony cases

A Delhi court has expressed concern over self-employed men involved in matrimonial discord cases not revealing their real income ahead of the fixation of maintenance for their estranged wives.

Metropolitan Magistrate Priya Mahendra in a recent order directed Dalbir, a farmer from Hamidpur in north Delhi, to pay a monthly maintenance of Rs 10,000 to his estranged wife and two minor daughters. The court ruled that the real income of self-employed men involved in such cases never came to the surface.

'Unfortunately, in India, parties do not truthfully reveal their income. For self-employed persons or persons employed in the unorganised sector, truthful income never surfaces,' said the court.

The court's remarks came after hearing that Dalbir's monthly earning was between Rs 6,000-7,000. He told the court that he was a farmer and earned Rs 75,000 a year. The court said that it was unbelievable that a man having so many properties in Delhi had an income of Rs 6,000-7,000 per month.
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