Q: I was married in accordance with the Hindu Marriage Act in 2003. After seven months my husband left me with my widowed mother and went off to the Middle East. I was pregnant then and my son is nine years old now. My husband never contacted us after that. Two years ago he came back and took us to Siliguri and deserted us once again. I earn only Rs 1,000 a month by giving private tuitions. I am worried about my sonís future. What options do I have?
Kakoli Halder, Howrah, West Bengal
A: If you are aware of the whereabouts of your husband, you can file a case under Section 125 of the Criminal Procedure Code claiming maintenance for yourself and your son on the ground of not having sufficient income. You may also file a case under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act and seek custody orders, residence orders, maintenance as well as protection orders (if needed).
Q:We have a new landlord. He has accepted us as his tenants through a letter. He receives the rent through money order but does not issue receipts. We are told that he is planning to demolish this building. What can we do if he refuses to accept the money orders in future?
V.K. Bang, via email
A: Not issuing rent receipts or not accepting rent without valid reason is an offence and can attract penalty upon the landlord according to the West Bengal Premises Tenancy Act, 1997. If your landlord refuses to accept the rent by postal money order and it is returned undelivered, you may deposit it with the rent controller within 15 days from the date on which it is returned to you.
Q:I was allotted a share of land in a co-operative society in New Town by Hidco. Now my wife wants to purchase a share of land in another co-operative society in New Town. Can she do so and get the membership?
Sk Sujauddin Ahmed, via email
A: If you or your wife do not own an apartment or house but merely possess a plot of land, your wife would be eligible to purchase and own another plot provided she intends to build a house there with the assistance of the society. The West Bengal Co-operative Societies Rules, 1987, deals with the restrictions relating to membership.