Delhi court rejects suicide note, acquits husband in dowry case
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 22:17
New Delhi: A Delhi court has absolved three members of a family including the husband of the victim of the charge of forcing her to kill herself for not bringing sufficient dowry, saying it could not be proved that the suicide note was authored by her.

"The prosecution has failed to get it established and proved by the experts' opinion that the handwriting in the alleged suicide note was that of the victim," Additional Sessions Judge J R Aryan said.

The court absolved husband Ashish Vohra, his mother Sudesh Vohra and sister Archna Bhasin of the charges of dowry death and subjecting victim Rosy to cruelty for want of sufficient evidence.

However, the trial against Vijay Vohra, father of Ashish, was abated as he died during the proceedings.

The case was transferred to Delhi for trial in 2006 by the Supreme Court on the plea of the victim's sister that the fair judicial proceedings were not possible at Ghaziabad.

Rosy, whose marriage to Ashish was solemnised on April 14, 2003, was allegedly being tortured at her matrimonial home for not bringing a car and Rs two lakh cash in dowry.

Nearly two years after the marriage, she committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling and a case under relevant provisions of the IPC and the Dowry Prohibition Act was lodged by her sister Shikha Sharma.

Police, during the probe, had recovered an alleged suicide note from her matrimonial home, indicting her husband and others as culprits.

The court refused to lend credence to the note saying the prosecution could not prove "beyond reasonable doubt" that it was she (victim) who had authored it.

It also rejected the testimonies of victim's sister and other relative, who had identified her handwriting on the suicide note, saying "they cannot be relied as they, being relatives, are interested witnesses."


First Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 22:17

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