A 23-year-old dowry death case has resulted in acquittal for the husband. The man was sentenced to life imprisonment and was out on bail after spending 2-years in jail.
Laxmikant hails from Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh. He was married to one Harshalatha in the year 1997, who also belonged to the same city.
However, within 6-months of the marriage, Harshalatha died by suicide. Four days after her death, Harshalatha’s father Ashok Kumar filed a complaint with the police accusing his son-in-law responsible for his daughter’s untimely death.
Charges of dowry harassment were also added alleging demand for scooter, sofa set, gold and a colour TV.
The district court sentenced the accused husband to life imprisonment in this matter. But the man – after being released on bail in 1999 – then filed a petition in the High Court challenging the court verdict. The High Court has acquitted the accused husband after 23-years.
Chhattisgarh High Court
Recently, the Chhattisgarh High Court examined a letter written by the deceased wife before her death and learnt that there was no indication that Harshalatha was being harassed by her husband. In fact, the letter written by the wife to her husband was an emotional note, basis which the high court acquitted the husband.
- Every case of wife suicide does not mean dowry harassment by husband/in-laws
- There have been several cases where some women have unfortunately taken this drastic step due to unstable mind or other issues that they are not able to cope up with in a marriage
- Sadly, after the death of daughter, most parents (out of vengeance) levy dowry harassment charges against their son-in-laws
- Many a times, the charges are a well after thought, guided by their lawyers
- Sadly, in India if a wife dies within 7-years of marriage under unnatural circumstances, her husband can be jailed
- As a reverse, several husbands who have died by suicide due to harassment by their wives and in-laws never get justice
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