Bhubaneswar, August 24 (LocalWire): Justice finally dawned upon 56-year-old Sabita Chand from Bhubaneswar who waged a lone legal battle for 27 years to finally win the alimony case against her estranged husband.
Chand had moved the court way back in 1992 seeking monthly alimony from her estranged husband Ashok Kumar Das, an employee of the Railways, who has since then retired from service.
Her trial and tribulation came to an end recently with the Bhubaneswar Family Court pronouncing the verdict of monthly maintenance in her favour.
The court also directed the bank manager to transfer one-third of pension amount from Das’s account to her and also pay Rs 7.95 lakh towards arrear of maintenance dues, senior Orissa High Court lawyer Bibhu Prasad Tripathy, whose law firm was handling the case said.
“It was quite a challenging case. As the woman was living in misery, our firm took up the case without charging anything from the client.
We are quite glad as the case has come to its legitimate and logical conclusion,” Tripathy told the LocalWire.
It was an unusual case as the woman fought the battle to get alimony, particularly since the onus was on her to establish the fact that she was married to the man.
Das, a mechanic in Railways, got married to Sabita in 1985.
However, the complainant was not aware of the fact that he had changed his surname from Chand to Das by sworn affidavit in court in 1980.
The man tried every trick up his sleeves to derail the legal battle.
During the course of the trial, he took refuge under his changed surname and claimed that he was not the person whom she had got married since he was serving in Railways as Ashok Kumar Das, and not as Ashok Kumar Chand.
The man also claimed that he was married to another woman in the same year.
“We delved deep to gather documentary proof of surname change. Finally, we stumbled upon the proof from a proclamation about change in the name in an Odia vernacular daily.
The proof was furnished before the court which later pronounced the verdict in our favour,” Tripathy said, adding that the compensation and alimony amount would be released to the complainant shortly as per the family court’s order.