Man accuses wife of giving dowry

Man accuses wife of giving dowry
Rashi Agarwal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 19
A Delhi court today ordered a station house officer of the Delhi police to file an FIR against a woman, Pooja Saxena, and her parents for allegedly giving dowry to her husband, Sameer Saxena. The court has also directed the police officials concerned to investigate the case. 

The order came after Sameer, through his counsel, Gaganpreet Singh, moved the court of additional chief metropolitan magistrate, Sanjay Bansal, against his wife and her parents. 

The husband has an FIR registered against him by his wife under various sections relating to cruelty against her and criminal breach of trust. 

In the FIR the wife has stated that a huge amount of dowry was given to Sameer’s family at the time of their marriage. She also alleged that demands were made by her husband and in-laws. 

However, Pooja’s complaint created problems for her also, as Sameer’s counsel, based on Pooja’s complaint, submitted that “if dowry was given to Sameer’s family, Pooja and her parents are also guilty under the Dowry Prohibition Act.” 

He referred to a Delhi High Court judgment given in a similar case where the court ruled, “A girl and her parents also become accomplices in dowry cases and action should be taken against them also.” He also refereed to a circular issued by the commissioner of police, Delhi, wherein directions have been issued to lodge cases against the girl and her parents if allegations regarding giving dowry are made and if the girl is well-educated. 

The cour said, “In my view, at this stage, it appears that the accused are also accomplices under Section 3 of the Dowry Prohibition Act.” 

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