If a major unmarried daughter does not have a physical or mental illness, she cannot claim support under Section 125 of the CrPC: Kerala High Court

According to a recent ruling by the Kerala High Court [Gireesh Kumar N v. Rajini KV and others], a major unmarried daughter is not eligible for maintenance under Section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) unless she has a physical or mental condition that makes it impossible for her to support herself.
An unmarried daughter who has reached majority is typically ineligible to request maintenance in the absence of such criteria, according to Justice A Badharudeen.
The Court did point out that a Hindu daughter who is not married might request maintenance under the 1956 Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act if she claims and can demonstrate that she is unable to support herself.

This news is written by Ms. Amrita Singh, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.


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