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BOMBAY HIGH COURT:SOCIAL MEDIA PICTURES ARE NOT A PROOF THAT THE PERSON IS LIVING A LAVISH LIFE

Team SoOLEGAL 4 Jul 2022 4:11pm

BOMBAY HIGH COURT:SOCIAL MEDIA PICTURES ARE NOT A PROOF THAT THE PERSON IS LIVING A LAVISH LIFE

New Delhi: The Bombay High Court has refused to modify a maintenance order sought by a father citing his daughter's fancy lifestyle on 'Instagram,' stating that there is no 'conclusive proof.'

Her 'glossy' Instagram photos, according to Justice Bharti Dangri's single-judge bench, were insufficient proof of her income.

The father argued that his daughter was a major who had completed her education and was working and earning enough to support herself.

The Family Court previously recorded that the settled position of law is that even when a daughter becomes a major, she is entitled to maintenance from her father until her marriage, as can be seen from the provisions of Section 24 of the Hindu Marriage Act, there is no embargo for the father not paying maintenance in favor of the major daughter.

The petitioner stated that she earns a substantial income from her modeling career on her own.

The Family Court held that the printed copies of the photographs his daughter posted on social media sites like Instagram and her Instagram biography, where she claimed to earn an income of Rs. 72 lakhs to Rs. 80 lakhs, were insufficient to establish that she has an independent and sufficient source of income. The Court agreed with this assessment and sided with the Family Court.

The Court also said,it is a well-known fact that it is the habit of the youth of today, to project a glossy picture and posting the same in the social media though its contents may not be always true. Since the petitioner’s contention that his daughter’s earnings are Rs.72 lakhs to Rs.80 lakhs is based merely on his daughter’s photographs posted on Instagram and her Instagram history, the learned Judge has rightly disbelieved the same in the absence of any independent evidence to be brought on record, to show her earnings."



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