Job on compassionate grounds: Mumbai HC rules married daughter equally entitled

Mumbai/December 7
In a landmark judgement, Mumbai High Court on Saturday ruled that married daughter is equally entitled for government job after the death of her father on compassionate grounds.
As per reports, Mumbai High Court ruled that denying married daughter the right to get job on compassionate grounds after the death of father while giving the same job to unmarried daughter violates the right of equality and equality of opportunity in government jobs and right to life as it is enshrined in Indian Constitution.
The Mumbai High Court gave this historic ruling while hearing the petition of Swati Kulkarni in which she was denied job by Maharashtra government’s Irrigation department on compassionate grounds after the death of her father as she had got married while waiting for her turn to get a government job.
In her petition, Swati said that her father had died in 2008 while he was working for Irrigation department and as her mother and younger sister was interested in the job, she had applied for government job on compassionate grounds.
During the waiting period, She got married after her name from waiting list was struck off by Irrigation department officials siting a 1994 government resolution that deem only unmarried daughter of a deceased employee entitled for claiming government.
However, the Mumbai High Court’s Division Bench Justices SC Dharmadhikari and Revati Mohite quashed the decision of Irrigation department and ruled that married daughter is equally entitled to stake claim for government job on compassionate grounds while ordering the Irrigation department to include Swati Kulkarni’s name in the waiting list.