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Married Women Are Equally Responsible For Maintaining Their Parents, Says Bombay High Court

Married women can also take care of their parents according to the Bombay High court. A step towards women's equality. Read to know more.

Married women can also take care of their parents according to the Bombay High court. A step towards women’s equality. Read to know more.

In a landmark judgement upheld by the Bombay High Court – A married woman too is responsible for maintaining her parents. This is by far the most righteous step towards women’s equality. It is not always about demanding rights, but doing our duties too.

The Judgement

The Bombay High court has said that a married daughter too should share the responsibility of her parents. In a particular case of Vasant vs. Govindrao Upasrao Naik, Criminal Revision Application No. 172/2014, the High Court rejected the pre-conceived notion that a married daughter has obligations only towards her husband’s family and not her own parents.

Age old notions

With this judgement, many age old notions will be broken

Many people still prefer educating boys over girls, as they see them as their providers. This will help break the bias and encourage parents to educate their girls.

It will also help in negating the belief of daughters being ‘Paraya Dhan’ (belonging to somebody else’s family) and thus not taking money from them.

It puts a stand in the society that-if after marriage girl becomes a part of her husband’s family that does not imply she has left her parents’ family.

This judgement encourages women to be financially independent not just for themselves but for their parents too.

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With a girl no more being a burden, hopefully the practice of dowry and female infanticide will reduce.

Most importantly, it does away with gender defined roles.

Kudos to this judgement!!

Published here earlier.

 

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