Women Issues (Dowry)

   

Ques:

My husband and my in laws keep torturing me for more dowry inspite of the fact that my father gave more than his capacity during marriage. Can police help me ?

   

Ans:

Police can definitely help you. Under the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961, giving, taking, giving, abetting of taking or giving, and even mere demanding dowry is a cognizable and non bailable offence with a punishment that various from 2 years to 5 years imprisonment and fine. A written complaint to the police will suffice.

   

Ques:

My husband does not torture me for more dowry, but he still keeps beating me up for some reason or the other. Can police help me overcome domestic violence at home?

   

Ans:

Definitely. Under section 498 A of the Indian penal Code, if the husband of a woman of the relative of husband subjects a woman to cruelty of any form, it is a cognizable and non bailable offence and if proved the accused could be punished for three years with fine.

   

Ques:

What are the provisions with regard to Dowry death ?

   

Ans:

Section 304 B of IPC deals with Dowry death. According to this, if a woman dies within 7 years of marriage in an unnatural way ( eg. Burning, drowning etc ), and if she has been subjected to cruelty / harassment just before death by her husband or his relatives in connection with dowry, then it is Dowry Death. Under 113 B of the Indian Evidence Act, if a woman dies within 7 years of marriage and if it is established that she was subjected to cruelty or harassment in connection with dowry, soon before her death by her husband or his relative, then it is binding on the Court to presume that such person has caused her dowry death. Thus, the burden of proof shifts on to the accused. The punishment for Dowry Death is a term for 7 years which may extend to life.

   

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