GANDHINAGAR: In a rare judgement on a divorce petition, a Gujarat court today ordered a woman to pay alimony to her physically challenged husband, a former cricketer, who accused her of causing physical and mental torture.
Gandhinagar family court magistrate D T Soni directed Rajvinder Kaur to pay her husband Dalbir Singh, who played with Sachin Tendulkar at Under-17 level and the cost of whose surgery in 2010 was borne by the cricket icon, Rs 10,000 per month as alimony.
Dalbir's promising career was cut short in 2002 when he met with a road accident.
In his petition, the ex-cricketer had alleged that his wife, whom he had married in 2006, used to confine him in their sector 22 house and harassed him physically and mentally. He also said Rajvinder would not allow him even to walk inside the house with the help of crutches.
While pronouncing his judgement, the magistrate relied on the accounts given by the couple's neighbour and a police officer.
The couple's neighbour Kamlesh Trivedi has told the court that Rajvinder used to tie Dalbir up with ropes, while a police officer said the former cricketer, locked up in a room, was taken out after neighbours complained about ill-treatment by his wife.