Wife makes big sacrifices, Tribunal awards Rs 19 lakh

New Delhi, June 21: The painful wait of 5 years finally bore its fruits for the family of Suresh Chand who lost his wife in year 2012 in an accident. 

"A wife or a mother does not work by the clock," a court observed while recognising the contribution of a homemaker, who died in an accident five years ago, and quantified Rs 19 lakh as compensation towards "loss of love and affection" for the victim's kin.

According to a report in "The Times of India", Motor Accidents Claim Tribunal (MACT) presiding officer Kiran Bansal said, "In India, courts have recognised that the contribution made by the wife to the house is invaluable and cannot be computed in terms of money."

The tribunal noted that the "gratuitous services" rendered by the wife, with true love and affection, to her children and her husband while managing the household affairs could not be equated with the services rendered by others.

It praised women who took care of their family throughout day and night. Therefore, after considering the victim's age and the loss of love and affection to her four children and husband, the tribunal awarded them Rs 18 lakh as compensation.

Her daughter, on the other hand, was granted Rs 1.71 lakh, among other entitlements, for pain and suffering."She is entitled to the loss of study for a period of three months," the tribunal said.The observations were made by the tribunal while hearing claim petitions filed by the family members of 38-year-old Shakuntala, who died in a car-truck collision on August 13, 2012.Her daughter, Renu, who was 17 years of age then, sustained injuries and remained in the hospital for nine days.The mother and daughter were on their way to Aligarh from Delhi and were travelling by a car when a truck, rushing towards them at break-neck speed, hit the car.

Truck driver Ramesh Chand denied any involvement in the accident, saying he was falsely implicated in the case. The UP State Road Transport Corporation, under which the bus plied on a contractual basis, accused the car diver of being negligent and argued that truck was parked when the car, being rashly driven, hit it.The tribunal, however, relied on the statement of the victim's husband Suresh Chand. Daughter Renu had filed a separate petition, citing loss of time hampering her education that also jeopardised her future prospects.Agencies