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The DV Act recognizes domestic violence as a distinct offence and provides protection and relief to victims, particularly women. It focuses on the civil aspects of domestic violence, such as obtaining protection orders, residence orders, monetary relief, and custody orders for children.


Under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA) in India, the responsibility of paying maintenance to a widow falls upon the person against whom the widow has filed a complaint under the Act. The Act recognizes the rights of widows and provides for their protection and support in cases of domestic violence.

When a widow seeks maintenance under the PWDVA, the process involves the following steps:

  1. Filing a Complaint: The widow needs to file a complaint with the appropriate Magistrate or Protection Officer, outlining the instances of domestic violence she has experienced and seeking necessary relief, including maintenance.
  2. Examination of Complaint: The Magistrate examines the complaint and may issue a Protection Order, which can include an order for monetary relief, including maintenance, in favour of the widow.
  3. Determining Maintenance: The Magistrate takes into consideration several factors while determining the amount of maintenance to be paid. These factors include the financial needs and resources of the widow, her standard of living, her earning capacity, the ability of the person against whom the complaint is filed to pay, and other relevant circumstances.
  4. Maintenance Order: The Magistrate passes a maintenance order, specifying the amount to be paid, the frequency of payment (monthly, lump sum, or in instalments), and the duration for which the maintenance is to be paid. The order may also include provisions for interim maintenance until a final order is issued.
  5. Enforcement: If the person against whom the complaint is filed fails to comply with the maintenance order, the widow can seek enforcement through legal means. The Magistrate may take necessary steps to ensure compliance, such as issuing a warrant for the person’s arrest or attaching their property.


It’s important to note that the actual maintenance amount and duration can vary based on the specific circumstances of the case, as determined by the Magistrate. The objective of providing maintenance to a widow under the PWDVA is to ensure her well-being, support her financially, and safeguard her rights in situations of domestic violence.

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Written by: Adv. Priyanka Goel (D/945/2020).

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