A Delhi court on Wednesday sentenced an MCD school teacher to 10 years in jail for driving his 25-year-old wife to suicide by constantly harassing her for dowry
“This (dowry deaths) needs to be checked with drastic measures,” Additional Session Judge Gurdeep Singh said while sentencing Naveen under Sections 304B and 498A of the IPC.
As per the prosecution, Naveen had married the deceased on November 26, 2004 and since then till the time of her death she was constantly harassed with dowry demands.
The judge pointed out that the young woman was married for less than a year before she died. She had just completed her MA and had diplomas in naturopathy, lab technology and railway transport management.
Section 304B of the IPC deals with the offence of dowry death, in which a woman is subjected to cruelty and harassment before her death for dowry. Section 498-A deals with cruelty by husband or his relative(s).
On the evil of dowry, the judge said “The tag of bridegroom is somewhat fixed as government jobs will fetch more dowry than a private job and it is open price tag as if it is a market.”
The court also added that the parents of the girl must be sensitive towards her suffering and should be ready to accept the girl back if she is not being treated well by her in-laws.
The judge said dowry cases have gone unreported as it has the backing of the society or that adequate punishment to these criminals is not given.