Complainants in dowry cases tend to get vindictive, says HC
Saurabh Malik | Tribune News Service | Chandigarh, May 30, 2015
In a judgment that would go a long way in saving husband and his relatives from the rigour of anti-dowry laws, the Punjab and Haryana High Court recapped that complainant-wife in marital dispute cases has a propensity to rope in more and more persons as accused with a sense of vendetta.
“The court is conscious of the fact that complainants in such matters have a tendency to aggravate the magnitude of allegations and to enlarge the array of accused persons, driven by a sense of vendetta,” Justice Mahesh Grover asserted.
The assertion came during the hearing of a petition filed by Charanjeet Singh against the State of Haryana and another respondent. He was seeking directions for quashing an FIR registered on March 16, 2013, for subjecting a married woman to harassment and other offences under Sections 498-A, 406, 323, 504 and 34 of the IPC in Ambala.
The petitioner was the complainant-wife’s brother-in-law. Taking up the matter, Justice Grover asserted that a perusal of the FIR revealed that the only allegation against the petitioner was instigating the complainant’s husband against her over the telephone.
Justice Grover added: “It transpires that general allegations have been levelled against the petitioner without there being any specific material in this regard.”
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