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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Ending 44-day long fight, Tapaswini Dash finally got some relief from the District Court in Berhampur which, after hearing the pleas of all parties, on Tuesday directed her to live at her in-law’s house at Brahmanagar in the Silk City with her husband Sumit Sahu.

At the same time, the District Court rejected the plea made by Sumit and his family against Tapaswini, informed her counsel Deepak Patnaik.

The court also directed Sumit to provide Tapaswini a monthly maintenance of Rs 17,000 before the 10th of every month unfailingly. After receiving the amount, Tapaswini will also have to provide Sumit a receipt of the money.

The orders will come into effect from today.

Earlier, seeking direction from the SDJM court to allow her to stay in the residence of her husband, Tapaswini had filed a petition on December 17. Hearing the petition on December 20, the SDJM court had rejected her plea. Challenging the decision, Tapaswini, through her advocate Deepak Pattanayak, had filed a petition in the District Court on December 23.

Prior to this, Sumit’s advocate Devasnan Dash had also moved the District Judge court appealing against the order passed by the SDJM court on December 2 and December 9 asking the couple to stay together in a rented house, which was rejected by the Court on Tuesday.

The public saga of Tapaswini Dash trying hard to save her marriage with Dr Sumit Kumar Sahu has been hitting headlines across Odisha for over the last one month. On November 22, 26-year-old Tapaswini came dressed as a bride and sat outside the house of Sumit in Brahmanagar locality of Berhampur demanding to be allowed to live in the house with him. Since then, she, accompanied by some social activists, has been spending days and nights outside her in-law's house under a tent.

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