Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has ruled that a married daughter is entitled to a government job on compassionate grounds on her father’s demise.
The court said giving job to unmarried daughters of government servants but denying the same benefit to married daughters violates the right to equality, equality of opportunity in matters of public employment and right to life which are enshrined in the Constitution.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Swati Kulkarni, 29, against the Maharashtra Irrigation Department’s decision to reject her claim for a job on compassionate grounds after her father’s demise.
The department had cited a 1994 government resolution which said that only unmarried daughters would get this benefit.
A division bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and Revati Mohite Dere quashed the irrigation officer’s decision and ordered that Kulkarni’s name to be included in the waiting list.