Friday, October 10, 2008

Anti-dowry laws being misused: Court

New Delhi, October 10
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.

He along with wife and son were staying in a separate house, away from parents.

He said they were married since 2003 and were staying in Aman Vihar in north-west 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 she died due to seizure. — IANS

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