Thursday, May 11, 2006

Delayed justice

CNN-IBN reports
A 70-year-old woman has been fighting a legal battle against her husband for forty years.

In what sounds like 'too little too late', the Rajasthan High Court has now ordered her husband to give her maintenance of Rs 1000 per month till their divorce petition is decided.
Jeevani Devi did not know that matters like obtaining maintenance from husband can be taken to the court, and for last 30 years her case was with local Panchayat and for the last 10 years the case was with Court. Despite government and Supreme Court issuing orders, circulars that cases involving eldery persons and senior citizens should be dispensed early, these did not seem to have been followed in her case. Even now the judgement is interim and the divorce petition is not decided yet. God knows how many more years the court will take for the final judgement. When the poor people like Jeevani Devi are involved why the justice take their sweet time to deliver? Why always the poor people have to suffer?


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