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Insurance firm slammed for discriminating against woman

delhi Updated: Aug 20, 2008 00:19 IST
Naziya Alvi

Parents of a married woman can depend on their daughter for financial and emotional support, a city court said on Tuesday while rejecting an insurance firm’s plea of paying a lesser amount as compensation because the deceased in question was a married woman.

“A woman has to be treated equally with men whether in life or in death,” said Motor Accident Claim Tribunal Judge Swarana Kanta Sharma, awarding Rs 13 lakh relief to parents of a 23-year-old woman crushed by a Blueline Bus two years ago.

The court further observed that such discrimination between men and women victims while fixing compensation in accident cases would negate the efforts made for “equality and empowerment of women in India”.

“Passing any discriminatory order in case of a male or female death will necessarily negate and defeat everything that the society, the courts and other authorities have done for equality and empowerment of women in India,” the court said.

The judge said that it was her duty to pass such an order which would strengthen the belief of every woman that she was equal to men not just on papers but in reality too.

The National Insurance Company Ltd (NICL) had contended that there was no question of financial dependency of parents on deceased Rekha Goel, who was a B.Com final student and earning Rs 9,500 per month, as she would have got married in a couple of years.

"It would be equally wrong to presume that if a woman is married then there is an absolute ban of any kind to extend financial and emotional support to her parental family over which her male counterpart has an absolute right," the court said.