New Delhi: A 75-year-old man along with
his wife and three other family members have been jailed for
varying periods by Delhi court after their conviction in a
case involving suicide by his newly-married daughter-in-law
due to harassment for dowry.
"The factum of death of the woman within 18 months of
her marriage directly reflects that she had been subjected to
torture and harassment at the hands of the accused persons as
a result of which, having found no way for her dignity, she
suffered death under the mysterious circumstances," Additional
Sessions Judge (ASJ) Raj Kumar said.
While ordering 10-year jail term for victim Meera`s
husband Bharat Bhushan, the court jailed her father-in-law Lal
Chand, 75, and mother-in-law Man Devi, 65, for two years each.
The court also jailed Bharat Bhushan`s brother Amar
Chand and cousin Ganesh to two-and-a-half years of
imprisonment each and imposed a total of Rs 95,000 as fine
upon them, stipulating that half of the fine would go to the
Meera and Bharat got married in 2006. The woman,
however, had committed suicide on the night of September 30,
2007 by jumping from the roof of her matrimonial house at
Karol Bagh in Central Delhi, following which a case was
registered at Prasad Nagar police station.
The court noted that her in-laws used to abuse and
taunt her for bringing insufficient dowry and had been raising
consistent demands for things like gold chains and motor
While convicting all the family members on charges of
subjecting the woman to cruelty under Section 498(A) of the
Indian Penal Code, the court held the woman`s husband guilty
of driving her to commit suicide under Section 306 of the IPC.
The court noted that Meera`s in-laws used to remark
that she had come from a "cheap family" and her husband used
to come home drunken and abuse and beat her up.