KOLKATA: The Calcutta High Court today ruled that a married daughter is eligible for a job on compassionate ground in case of demise of her father in harness.
A three-judge bench headed by acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre declared unconstitutional a provision of West Bengal government’s Labour and Panchayat departments that debarred married daughters from being given jobs on compassionate ground.
The bench, which also comprised justices Dipankar Datta and T Chakraborty, directed that the state government would mention only ‘daughter’ instead of ‘unmarried daughter’ in its future notifications for jobs on such grounds.
The bench rejected appeals by the state government that claimed that married daughters were not considered to be dependents of their parents. A woman named Arpita Sarkar and two others had challenged notifications by the labour and panchayat departments before the high court in 2014.
As carried in ET on 15/9/2017