Every year thousands of people die in accidents with motor vehicles and their dependents after pursuing legal battles in courts for years and sometime for decades get compensation for their loss. One head of compensation is ‘Loss of love & affection’. Always a meager sum of say Rs. Ten thousand to forty thousand is awarded. Going by the principle of precedent it is now settled that cost of love is equivalent to the price of not very expensive mobile phone. So love and affection is equal to mobile phone. No wonder children want a new mobile every year if not six months.
When one person, in managing his own affairs, causes, however innocently, damage to another, it is obviously only just that he should be the party to suffer.
[Full judgement: Rylands v Fletcher  UKHL 1 17 July 1868.]