This provision is enumerated in our CrPC, 1973. This is also called Right to Maintenance. Under this provision, wife can claim maintenance for her livelihood. This section provides speedy, effective and rather inexpensive remedies against person who neglect or refuse to maintain their dependent, wives, children and parents. Though the subject-matter is civil in nature, but it has been included in Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), 1973 in order to provide more speedy justice.

This law is applicable to all persons belonging to all faiths. Therefore, it has nothing to do with personal law of the parties.

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