Women’s Gratitious Services In Household To Be Considered In Motor Accident Compensation Claims: Himachal Pradesh High Court


Justice Virender Singh added that women perform various activities in the household and that their untimely death due to a motor vehicle accident entitles their families to compensation.

“Women are doing multifarious activities in the household. The gratuitous services rendered by women cannot be equated with money.”

These observations came in an appeal pertaining to a motor vehicle accident that occurred on June 16, 2007, in Vijaypur. Tripta Devi, a homemaker, lost her life in the accident and her husband filed a petition under Section 163-A of the Motor Vehicles Act, seeking compensation for her untimely death.

The Tribunal partly allowed the petition and granted compensation of Rs. 15,000/- with interest @ Rs. 6 % per annum.

Aggrieved by the said award, the petitioner preferred an appeal on the ground that the Tribunal had misinterpreted and misread the law and that the income of the deceased had not been taken into consideration while awarding the compensation.

On the other hand, the respondent represented by Mr. S.D. Gill contested the claim, asserting that the deceased was not earning any income, and the petition lacked specificity. They also raised objections regarding the validity of the claim.

Emphasising the importance of recognizing the diverse and essential responsibilities shouldered by women within their homes the bench cited “Lata Wadhwa & Others versus State of Bihar & Others, which acknowledged that housewives are actively engaged in managing households and families.

The bench reiterated,

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….women are doing multifarious activities in the household, as they are managing the entire family. As such, according to the Supreme Court, even the woman, who is working in the household, is entitled for compensation”

“Thus, the present appeal is allowed and the award passed by the learned Tribunal, as referred above, is modified in the above terms. The amount of compensation, awarded by the learned Tribunal is enhanced to Rs. 3,21,500/- from Rs. 15,000/-, alongwith interest @ 6 % per annum, from the date of filing the petition, till realization of the entire amount”, the bench concluded while allowing the petition.

Case Title: Dilbag Singh vs. Vipan Kumar & other

Case No: FAO (MVA) No. 169 of 2013

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