As Rebecca D’Souza received a Re 1 coin from her husband Robert Pinto (names changed) in the presence of their advocates and the family court judge at Bangalore, the end of their seven-year marriage was marked. As the judge read out the memorandum of agreement and Rebecca received Re 1 as permanent alimony, those in court were taken aback.
“One day, Rebecca called me and said she didn’t want money and would settle the issue with Re 1. She said she was self-sufficient and didn’t want people to say that she was living off her ex-husband’s money,” Uppunda S Y Kumar, Rebecca’s counsel said.
Rebecca and Robert are doctors by profession and hail from Dakshina Kannada district. They have been living separately since September 2005, five months after their marriage.