Man facing trial in wife`s suicide case denied bail
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Last Updated: Monday, April 11, 2011, 15:00
New Delhi: A Delhi court has denied bail to a man arrested for allegedly driving his wife to commit suicide by harassing her for dowry, observing that marriage is a "second birth" for a woman and it is her husband's "pious duty" to treat her well in the matrimonial house.

"Marriage is a second birth for a female in the context of Indian society," Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal said.

"It is the pious duty of the husband to treat his wife well in her matrimonial house, as she comes to reside after marriage in a totally new environment, after leaving her parents' house and their love and affection," he said, turning down the plea of Ramesh, who had sought bail on grounds of parity as other accused in the case had been granted relief.

Ramesh had married Priyanka in April 2007, but soon after she began complaining about harassment by her in-laws.

Her father alleged that she was often beaten up by her in-laws for not bringing enough dowry. On November 6, 2009, she had informed her parents that she had an argument with her in-laws and was again harassed and beaten up by them.

Later on the same day, she consumed poison and died at a hospital here.

A case was registered against her husband and his relatives at Alipur police station.

"Without commenting upon the nature of the prosecution evidence, led so far, I do not deem it expedient to grant bail to accused Ramesh Kumar (husband). Consequently, bail application of Ramesh stands dismissed," the judge said.

Ramesh argued before the court that his mother had already secured bail from the Delhi High Court while his father, sister, brother and brother-in-law, who were co-accused in the case, were also granted anticipatory bail by trial court.

He said that he was in jail since November 7, 2009 and sought bail on grounds of parity.

The prosecution, however, opposed his bail plea saying that Ramesh's case stands on a footing different from those of other co-accused as he was the victim's husband and was living with her in same house whereas all the other co-accused persons were residing separately.

The court rejected the submission by Ramesh's counsel and said, "The case of husband is on different footing or can be said to be on special footing, in view of his relationship with the deceased (wife), as he owes an explanation, as to how and under what circumstances, woman expired soon after her marriage."

Jain noted that there were allegations of cruelty and harassment in relation to dowry demand just before the death of Priyanka.


First Published: Monday, April 11, 2011, 15:00

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