Sangeeta Dharap, 24, has alleged that her husband and in-laws tried to murder her in 2009 after she did not meet their hefty dowry demands. Her in-laws had denied the allegations and walked free after securing anticipatory bail in the same year.
Sangeeta has now sought the high court’s help to get the case transferred from the Dadar police to a ‘competent’ agency to probe into the matter.
A division bench of Bombay High Court has asked her husband and in-laws to respond to her petition in which she has accused them of attempting to murder her.
The division bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice PD Kode has asked Sangeeta's in-laws and husband Rajesh to file a reply by October 27.
In her petition, Sangeeta said she was beaten up and dragged by her hair and her husband tried to throw her from the fourth floor window of their Worli flat.
Dharmandra Rohra, advocate for Sangeeta's husband Rajesh and in-laws, denied all allegations, saying Sangeeta was trying to falsely implicate his clients. Rohra said the family had documentary evidence to prove they were being falsely implicated.
Sangeeta, who married Rajesh in May 2006, was allegedly harassed for more dowry. A dowry of Rs 6 lakh was given to her in-laws, the petition states. In September 2009, her husband allegedly assaulted her and tried to throw her out of the window. Sangeeta escaped and was treated at KEM Hospital. A day after the incident, she filed a complaint with the Dadar police.
The police station lodged a complaint under Section 498 (A) of the IPC that implicates her husband for subjecting her to cruelty and for criminal breach of trust under Section 406. In November 2009, Sangeeta's husband and in-laws filed for anticipatory bail that the Dadar police did not object to, the petition says. “It was only in December 2009 after we wrote letters to the police commissioner that the Dadar police registered an FIR under Section 307 that accuses Sangeeta’s husband and in-laws of attempting to kill her,” Sangeeta's lawyer, Mahesh Vasvani said.