A woman, irrespective of her religion or age, is entitled to claim maintenance under the DV Act: All HC

The Allahabad High Court (All HC), in an appeal filed by a father against the order of maintenance, filed under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 (DV Act), passed by the Judicial Magistrate’s Court, has held that section 20 r/w. section 12 of the DV Act gives right to also an unmarried daughter, whether Hindu or Muslim, to obtain maintenance irrespective of her age. The All HC further held that, the DV Act provide for rights of maintenance to any aggrieved woman, in a domestic relationship with the respondent, has been subjected to domestic violence by the respondent.