School teacher denied bail in dowry death case

Last Updated: Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 18:33

New Delhi: An MCD school teacher, arrested
along with her brother for allegedly harassing her
sister-in-law for dowry and driving her to commit suicide, has
been refused bail by a Delhi Court.

Additional Sessions Judge R K Chauhan refused to grant
bail to 30-year-old West Delhi resident Seema Singhal, a law
graduate, saying she faces serious allegations.

"There are specific allegations in the FIR as well as in
the statement of witnesses recorded against the accused
(Seema) regarding harassment and beating up the deceased by
the accused.

"The allegations are serious and the alleged offence is
grave and in given facts and circumstances, at this stage, I
am not inclined to release the accused on bail," the court
said.

Seema, along with his brother Sanjeev Singhal, the
husband of deceased Rekha Rani, is currently in jail. Seven
other members of the family, including Sanjeev`s mother Om
Lata and his three other sisters, too were arrested earlier,
but were granted bail later.

The prosecution case was that Rekha was married to
Sanjeev in July 2008. On May 9, 2011, Sanjeev called up
Rekha`s mother to say that her daughter was not keeping well
and wanted to meet her.

When Rekha`s mother reached her daughter`s matrimonial
home along with her husband, she found the house locked from
outside and was informed by neighbours that her daughter has
been taken to hospital as she had hanged herself.

Rekha had been declared "brought dead" at the hospital.
She had left behind a two-year-old son.

After knowing of her daughter`s death at the hospital,
Rekha`s parents told the police that her daughter was
being harassed and tortured by her in-laws for bringing
insufficient dowry.

They said Rekha`s husband, along with his sisters and
mother, had tortured her mentally and physically and called
her names, beat her up and often threw her out of the house.
They alleged Rekha`s in-laws even threatened to kill her.

Seema and the other accused were arrested the following
day.

In her bail plea, Seema, who also holds an MA and BEd
degrees, termed the allegations as "concocted".
The public prosecutor opposed her release on bail on the
ground that since the death was caused within seven years of
marriage, section 302 (murder) is also attracted and she might
influence witnesses if given bail.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 18:33

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