Anti-dowry laws are being misused: Court

October 10th, 2008 - 8:43 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 10 (IANS) The Delhi High Court, while granting bail to a man accused of harassing his wife for dowry, leading to her death, has observed that anti-dowry laws were increasingly being misused by women.Justice Aruna Suresh observed last week: “It seems that the anti-dowry laws are being increasingly misused. The ground realities persuaded this court to recommend to the authorities to have a look at the situation and legal provisions.”

Directing the accused to furnish a bail bond of Rs.40,000 and a surety of the same amount in the trial court, Justice Suresh said the court did not find any incriminating evidence against him in connection with his wife’s death.

The court accepted the accused’s submission that neither he nor his parents should be blamed for his wife’s death, as he along with his wife and son were staying in a separate house, away from his parents.

According to him, they were married since 2003 and were staying in Aman Vihar in northWest Delhi, and his parents and other family members were staying in Rohini.

He said that the dowry harassment allegations were baseless.

As per his submission, his wife fell unconscious while watching television in January and he took her to Sanjay Gandhi hospital where she was declared brought dead.

He claimed that the exact cause of her death was not confirmed in the post-mortem report. However, the report said that she died due to seizure.

The accused contended that his wife’s parents had lodged an FIR against him and his family members, alleging dowry harassment leading to her death.

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