Husband, kin in net over dowry death case

A Delhi court has framed charges against a man and his three family members for allegedly causing death to his wife for dowry within three months of their marriage in 2011.

Paving way for the trial of the husband, his parents and his sister, additional sessions judge Virender Bhat said there was prima facie strong evidence against the accused as the allegations of victim’s father against them has remained “un-explained”.

“In my opinion, the allegations of harassment and dowry demands contained in the statement of the father of the deceased have remained un-explained and raise a strong suspicion against the accused about their commission of offences punishable under sections 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 304 B (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code,” the court said.

The court has now fixed the matter for recording of evidence on September 22, against four victim’s husband Vijay Tyagi, his parents Subhash Chand and Rekha Tyagi and sister Monika Tyagi.

They all are presently out on bail.

“A precious life has been lost and justice demands that the cause of death and the manner in which death took place should be found out, which can only be done by holding trial. In my opinion, the case calls for a full fledged trial so as to find out the nature of death of the deceased and the circumstances which led to her death,” the judge said.

The prosecution said the couple got married in May, 2011 but soon after their marriage, the bride began facing harassment by her husband and in-laws for bringing insufficient dowry.

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