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Bombay HC: Due to glossy photos posted on Instagram, a father cannot refuse to pay maintenance to his daughter

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Shivani Thakur

Published on: June 23, 2022 at 15:22 IST

The Bombay High Court noted that social media posts with dazzling images don’t necessarily represent reality. The Court noted this while ordering a father to provide support for his daughter who has reached adulthood. 

The Bench of Justice Bharti Dangre did not agree with the submission and agreed with the Family Court’s opinion that photos on Instagram/ social media are not enough to prove that the girl is independent and had sufficient income.

The Court said that it’s a well-known fact that today’s youth post glossy pictures on social media but such portrayal might not always be true.

In this case, a couple’s marriage had broken down, and the Court had granted the wife’s request for interim maintenance. The husband was then ordered to give the daughter Rs. 25,000 as maintenance.

The spouse disputed this claim by claiming that his daughter was wealthy, as seen by her social media status.

The Court, however, dismissed the husband’s argument after stating that the claim for maintenance cannot be denied in the absence of proof that the daughter was earning a living.