Job for deserted woman, courtesy court
Express News Services
Chennai, Dec 5: The Madras High Court has set aside an order of the TN Electricity Board (TNEB) refusing to provide a suitable job to a deserted woman under the compassionate ground category. P Veeran, a wireman attached to the Electricity Distribution Circle in Dindigul, died on December 30, 1998 leaving behind his wife and daughter.
His daughther V Santhi applied for a job under the deserted woman category.
The TNEB, however, on May 6, 2003, rejected her claim on the ground that on the date of application, she had not obtained the divorce decree.
Setting aside the rejection order and directing the TNEB to provide a job to Santhi within four weeks, Justice K Chandru observed that the entire stand of the TNEB was misconceived. Santhi's application was well within the time i.e. within three years from the date of death of her father. She did not claim the job as a divorced daughter, but as a daughter deserted by her husband.
For that purpose, she had produced documents relating to the registered agreement of dissolution of marriage and the divorce deed. Though the legal value of these documents might not be significant, they showed that she had been deserted by her husband and was living with her mother.
The sub-court in Dindigul had awarded the divorce decree on April 11, 2002.
THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS