Wednesday, March 16, 2011

SC says no to plea for quashing ‘keep’ remark

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition by a women’s group seeking withdrawal of the controversial phrase “keep” used by it in a judgement in which it held that a “one night stand” with a man would not entitle a woman to maintenance.

A bench of justices Markandeya Katju and T S Thakur rejected Mahila Dakshat Samiti’s petition on the ground that it had no locus standi(legal right) to question the judgement since it was not a party to the matrimonal dispute in which the judgement was passed.

In the judgement delivered on October 21 last year, the SC had held “if a man has a ‘keep’ whom he maintains financially and uses mainly for sexual purpose and or as a servant, it would not be a relationship in the nature of marriage.”

The country’s lone woman Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising and Vinay Bhardwaj, vice-president of the Samiti, was dissappointment at SC’s refusal to withdraw the “derogatory remark”.

The bench in a terse order on Wednesday said application for permission to file a review petition is rejected.

This review petition has been filed on behalf of Mahila Dakshat Samiti seeking review of this court’s order dated 21st October, 2010 whereby the appeals were allowed. PTI

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