U-turn by victim`s parents; 5, husband let off in dowry death

A Delhi court has acquitted six members of a family, including the husband of the victim, in a dowry death case, considering the flip-flops of her parents while recording the testimonies during the trial.

Updated: Sep 07, 2010, 00:54 AM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court has acquitted six
members of a family, including the husband of the victim, in a
dowry death case, considering the flip-flops of her parents
while recording the testimonies during the trial.

"I am astonished to see their (parents of the victim)
changed versions. These witnesses have deposed entirely
different things in their cross examination by their
examination in chief," Additional Sessions Judge S C Rajan of
a fast track court said.

The court absolved Sandeep Chopra, the husband of
deceased Shefali, and his five family members of the charges
under section 304B (dowry death), 498A (subjecting a woman to
cruelty) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the IPC.

Shefali, who married Sandeep in 2006, was found hanging
with the ceiling at her matrimonial house at Chitranjan Park
area here on February 9, 2007.

In the FIR, Anita Bhatia, mother of the victim, had
alleged that Shefali`s husband used to harass her as one of
his friends was not invited to their wedding. They had also
demanded dowry, she had alleged.

She also charged the accused first killed her and then
hanged her to the ceiling to establish that she committed
suicide.

During the trial, Anita and Kuldeep Bhatia, parents of
the victim, first testified that she was subjected to cruelty
by the accused.

However, when cross-examined by defence lawyers, they
took a complete U-tun and denied their own allegations.

The court, while perusing their testimonies, was of
the opinion that there was some substance in the allegations
but later found out that they were refuted by the witnesses
themselves.

-PTI