The Supreme Court has held that in case of dowry death, the prosecution need not prove that there had been a dowry agreement between the families of the bride and the groom.
Interpreting Section 304-B IPC the apex court said if courts insist on such agreements, then no offender could be convicted.
“Demand neither conceives nor would conceive of any agreement. If for convicting any offender, agreement for dowry is to be proved, hardly any offenders would come under the clutches of law. When Section 304-B refers to ‘demand of dowry’, it refers to the demand of property or valuable security as referred,” the apex court observed.