Chief Justice NV Ramana at the moment lamented the persistence of dowry harassment and deaths regardless of years of legal guidelines in opposition to them. He cautioned trial courts in opposition to taking an off-the-cuff strategy in such instances and likewise sought care to not implicate harmless family who might have had no position within the crime.
India’s Parliament enacted the Dowry Prohibition Act approach again in 1961 as a primary step to eradicate the apply. Further, varied legal guidelines had been amended to tighten the screw on it.
“However, the issue of dowry harassment is still prevalent. Additionally, there was a growing trend of deaths of young brides in suspicious circumstances following demands of dowry,” the Chief Justice mentioned at the moment in a judgment he wrote collectively for Justice Aniruddha Bose in a case from Haryana.
The Chief Justice pointed at a report revealed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime which mentioned that dowry deaths in India in 2018 alone accounted for as much as 50 per cent of such fatalities for the interval 1999-2016.
The bench at the moment additionally laid down pointers trial courts coping with dowry demise instances.
“Trial courts should not record statements of the accused and others in a casual way…They must be cautious not to rope in family members of the husband who do not have any active role in the crime,” the rules say.
Chief Justice Ramana famous that the court docket should put incriminating circumstances earlier than the accused and search a response.
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