supreme court news: increasing cases of dowry deaths, but trapping innocent relatives of husband is also worrying: supreme court expresses concern over fake dowry cases against relatives of the groom
Commenting on the dowry murder case, the Supreme Court said that there is no doubt that the threat of dowry death is increasing day by day, but at the same time, it has been said that many times it has been seen that in such case those relatives of the husband were implicated. Are given which have no role in the case. The court needs to be vigilant in such a case. The Supreme Court made the above observation while convicting the accused in the dowry murder case.
The Supreme Court has said in the judgment in the dowry murder case that whenever the case related to dowry death is dealt with, it is necessary to keep in mind that this law was made to prevent girls from being burnt for dowry. Can go This law has been enacted to curb social evil like dowry. At the same time, the Supreme Court also said that the trial courts are not serious at the time of the statement of the accused in the dowry murder case, which is a matter of concern and said that many times in the dowry murder case, even the relatives of the husband are implicated without any reason. The Supreme Court held the accused husband and other in-laws guilty in the dowry murder case but made the above observation while acquitting them of abetment to suicide.
A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana of the Supreme Court said that it sometimes happens that statements of accused are recorded without questioning. In this case, the Punjab Haryana High Court convicted the husband and other in-laws in the case of abetment of dowry murder and self-murder, a decision which was challenged in the Supreme Court. According to the prosecution, on 31 July 1995, the girl’s father was informed by the villagers that his daughter was hospitalized. By the time the woman’s father reached the hospital, she had died of burns.
The husband and others were convicted by the trial court on 11 December 1997 and the Punjab Haryana High Court dismissed the appeal and upheld the sentence on 6 November 2008. The Supreme Court said in its judgment that the prosecution side should present all the necessary factors for a dowry murder case. Once it is proved that there has been unnatural death and there is a casualty, then the case goes against the accused under Section-313 of the Indian Evidence Act.
The prosecution has to state that the deceased was tortured for dowry before she died. But it is a matter of concern that when the trial court records the statement of the accused, it does so in a very casual manner. Whereas, the statement of the accused under Section-313 should not be just formal. This section-313 gives the accused the right to be able to clarify all the facts against him. In such a situation, it becomes the duty of the court to see that the accused gets full opportunity and he can be questioned in a fair manner.
The Supreme Court also said that the cases of dowry deaths are increasing and the court is aware of these threats. But sometimes the family members of the husband and those members who do not have a role are also implicated. In such a situation, the court needs to be careful.
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