Dowry harassment convict jailed for two years
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 08, 2011, 18:17
  
New Delhi: A man held guilty of harassing his wife for dowry has been sentenced to two years in jail with a Delhi court saying that it cannot accept his plea seeking leniency for the sake of his children when he himself had ill treated their mother, who died in mysterious circumstances.

Shahdara resident Ajay Rawat, whose wife had died after a fall from the roof of her matrimonial house following a fight with him, had pleaded for mercy saying he had two minor children to take care of. He, however, had been acquitted of the charges of pushing her off the roof to her death.

"In offence punishable under section 498-A (husband or relatives subjecting woman to cruelty) of the IPC, there will always be the children of convict and the court cannot lose the sight of the fact that they were also the children of the mother who was ill treated," said Additional Sessions Judge Gurdeep Singh, dismissing his mercy plea and sentencing Rawat on charges of harassing his wife.

Expressing concern over the rise in number of cases of marital discord and dowry harassment, the court said they need to be curbed with deterrent punishment.

"The cases of this nature are on rise. The cruelty takes place within the four walls of the house unless the punishment is severe, it will not have deterrent effect," the judge said. Rawat had sought leniency on the ground that he had two minor children - a 10-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter, who need him in the absence of their mother.

The court had convicted Rawat, noting that he used to demand money from his wife. "In view of the past conduct of Rawat and the demands made by him amounts to cruelty within the definition of Section 498-A IPC," it said.

The court, however, acquitted him and his 76-year-old mother of the charges of destroying evidence and culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

According to prosecution, Rawat had married the victim in 1996 and he along with his mother used to harass, taunt and beat her.

Police had told the court that on May 13, 2005, the woman had died after a fall from the house terrace. It had alleged the accused had beaten her up and had pushed her off the terrace of the house after a quarrel with her -- a charge, which could not be proved.

Police had said Rawat and his family used to demand money from her and when she could not arrange it, they used to abuse and beat her.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, December 08, 2011, 18:17


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