SC slams govt for equating housewives with beggars


 

New Delhi, July 24 -- In a landmark judgement, Supreme Court (SC) has said housewives are employees and their 'gratuitous' services to their husbands and children can't be taken for granted. It has also taken strong exception to the government clubbing them with prostitutes, beggars and prisoners in the Census. A bench of justices G.S. Singhvi and A.K. Ganguly reversed an Allahabad High Court verdict that awarded Rs 2.5 lakh to the family of a woman killed in a road accident because the victim was just a housewife. The court had considered the victim's monthly income as Rs 1,250 and put her in the category of non-workers. SC increased the compensation to Rs 6 lakh and asked the insurance company to pay Rs 50,000 to the family. Slamming the government's "insensitive approach", the court said Parliament should revisit the Motor Vehicles Act and matrimonial laws to remove the existing "gender bias".

SC said the bias was "shockingly prevalent" since housewives had been equated with beggars, prostitutes and prisoners - a category not engaged in economically productive work.

 
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entrepreneur

Thanks for the posting. Its not only a land mark judgment, it is a harbinger of hope and reassurance that there are  and there will be individuals and institutions that will stand by justice and  register  the stamp of its authority from time to time and reassure followers of justice and peace to retain their hopes and tread ahead.

 
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Nationalist

Thanks for the posting. See the attitude of govt.. Very nice sensible judgement. We must attach value to the service of a housewife.

 
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UNEMPLOYED

COMPARE WITH BEGGERS  UNDERSTOODABLE.

BUT I COULD NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE SERVICES RENDERED BY A HOUSEWIFE TO HER FAMILY COMPARED WITH PROSTITUTES AND PRISONERS?

PROSTITUTES ARE ALSO TWO TYPES - ONE GROUP COMES TO FEED THEIR POOR CHILDREN AND SELF. THE OTHER GROUP COMES TO THIS PROFESSION FOR THE PURCHASE OF COSTLY COSMETICS ETC.

PRISONERS HAVE DIFFRENT FINANCIAL STATUS. CAN NOT BE GROUPED AS 'NO INCOME' GROUP.

FEW DAYS BACK IN A JUDGEMENT, SC TOLD THAT HOUSEHOLD WORK IS NOT THE JOB OF A HOUSEWIFE.

BOTH THE VIEWS ARE NOT MATCHING AND IN LINE.

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