[Ker.] Deepa George; advocate , Mathews K. Philip, Adv. Manasy T., Latha Susan Cherian, the learned Amicus Curiae
motor vehicles act, 1988, S. 166 – Is dependency a relevant criterion in a claim petition – Should a dependent be a legal representative of the deceased to claim compensation – Are parents and married daughters entitled to claim compensation, as dependents of the deceased ? It would be preposterous to accept the contention of the learned counsel for the appellant that a 25 year old daughter would be no longer dependent on her 49 year old mother because she was given in marriage. The bond between a mother and a daughter is eternal. Even if dependency is a relevant criterion to claim compensation for loss of dependency, it does not mean financial dependency is the ‘ark of the covenant'. Dependency includes gratuitous service dependency, physical dependency, emotional dependency, psychological dependency, and so on and so forth, which can never be equated in terms of money.