‘I curse the day I lost my wife’
Srinagar: Harassment and neglect forced an 80-year-old man to file a petition seeking maintenance from his two sons. Mohammad Yousuf Baba of Harwan filed a maintenance case under Section 488 of CrPC against his two sons, Nisar Yousuf and Bilal Yousuf, through his counsel Malik Tanveer.
Baba is a retired employee of the army and is surviving on his pension of Rs 8,000 per month. Maintenance cases are commonly registered at the court by women against their husbands for either neglect or refusal to pay the alimony. Baba’s is a rare instance of a man seeking maintenance from his sons. Only two or three such cases have been registered till date.
“I am a retired employee and I survive by my own means. From cooking food to washing my clothes, I do it myself. I have two sons and two daughters-in-law, but I have been living a life of isolation,” Baba told Kashmir Reader.
Baba’s wife died in 2010. He said that his sons and daughters-in-law dragged him out of his house. “For the past seven years, I am dying every moment. They have made my life hell. For one or the other reason, they start fighting with me. This has pushed me into mental agony. I curse the day when I lost my wife. I wish we both had died at the same time,” he said.
Baba said that he lives in one room of his house. “From my bedding to my clothes, and to my eating and washing, everything is limited to the room,” he said. He said his daughter started coming on weekends to wash his clothes after his sons and their families stopped caring for him. “They (sons) started fighting and abusing her. They even dragged me out of the house. I faced every kind of hardship to build a shelter so that my family can live happily. Now my own sons dragged me out of this shelter, as if they are the ones who built it,” he lamented.
“I gave them everything. In return they disrespected and humiliated me, which I will never forget. I am approaching the court to make them realise the value of a father: when every month they will have to pay me, they will understand what I have been doing for them for the past 50 years,” Baba said.