Digital Desk, New Delhi. The Supreme Court on Tuesday held that demand for money for building a house is a demand for dowry, which is punishable under Section 304-B of the Indian Penal Code.
Chief Justice N.V. Raman headed by Justice A.S. Bopanna and Hima Kohli said in the facts of the present case, we are of the opinion that the trial court has correctly interpreted the term dowry within the definition of demand of money made by the defendants for the construction of house on the deceased.
Justice Kohli, who wrote the judgment on behalf of the bench, said that it cannot be seen that the accused was continuously torturing the woman, who had set herself on fire in April 2002 and died. After this, the woman was forced to contact her maternal uncle asking for money to build the house.
He further said that the word dowry in this context should be taken in the broadest sense to include any demand made from a woman, whether in respect of property or any kind of valuable security. In this case, the trial court convicted the deceased’s husband Jogendra and father-in-law Badri Prasad under sections 304-B, 306 (abetment to suicide) and 498-A of the IPC.
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