Bail plea of man held for wife’s death rejected

April 11th, 2011 - 7:38 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) A Delhi court has dismissed the bail application of a man arrested for allegedly driving his wife to suicide over dowry harassment.

Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal said: “Without commenting upon the nature of the prosecution evidence, led so far, I do not deem it expedient to grant bail to accused Ramesh Kumar. Consequently, bail application of the accused stands dismissed.”

Ramesh married Priyanka in April 2007. She committed suicide by consuming poison in November 2009.

“Marriage is a second birth for a female in the context of Indian society,” said the court.

“It is the pious duty of the husband to treat his wife well in her matrimonial house as she comes to reside after marriage in a totally new environment, after leaving her parents’ house and their love and affection,” said the court in an order delivered Friday.

Priyanka father had alleged that his daughter was often beaten up by her in-laws for not bringing enough dowry.

“On Nov 6, 2009, Priyanka informed her parents that she had an argument with her in-laws and was again harassed and beaten up by them,” said counsel for Priyanka’s father. She consumed poison the same day and died at a hospital.

A case was registered against her husband and his relatives at Alipur police station in north Delhi.

Ramesh moved the bail application arguing that his mother had already secured bail from the Delhi High Court while his father, sister, brother and brother-in-law, who were co-accused in the case, were also granted anticipatory bail by the trial court.

He said that he was in jail since Nov 7, 2009 and sought bail on grounds of parity with his relatives who were granted bail earlier.

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