New Delhi: A man facing trial for abetting
his wife`s suicide for bringing insufficient dowry has been
let off by a Delhi court with the victim`s parents blaming
their daughter`s mental illness for her extreme step.
"Parents of the deceased were the only competent
witnesses, who could have deposed whether their daughter was
subjected to harassment by accused for or in connection with
"The cause of death as disclosed by both the witnesses is
self-hanging resulting from mental illness for which accused
cannot be blamed," Additional Sessions Judge Umed Singh Grewal
said, while also acquitting the man`s mother, who too faced
the trial along with her son.
The case dated back to June 13 this year, when victim
Rajni was found hanging at her matrimonial house at North
Delhi. Her father Raj Pal Singh told police that she was
married to Sachin in February 2010 and the man was given cash,
jewellery, furniture, etc. as gifts, albeit without any dowry
demand at the time of the marriage.
He also said that days before her death Rajni had told
him that Sachin and his mother were demanding Rs 2 lakh to
purchase a car and were threatening that she would be thrown
out of the house if they failed to get the money.
Singh also told police that on the fateful day, he got a
call from Rajni`s mother-in-law saying the girl was seriously
ill. But minutes later, she called up again to say she had
hanged herself to death.
But later, he, as well his wife Kusum, retracted their
statements and told the court that their daughter hanged
herself because she was not mentally stable and that Sachin or
his mother had nothing to do with her death.