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Mere unnatural death of wife in matrimonial home within 7 years of marriage not enough to convict husband for dowry death: Supreme Court

The wife died two years into the marriage while she was residing in her matrimonial home. On June 24, 1995, the father of deceased registered a complaint against the husband of deceased and the in-laws for the murder of his daughter.

The first information report (FIR) filed in this regard stated that the deceased was killed on account of non-fulfilment of her in-laws’ demands of a motorbike and land as dowry.

The father of the deceased also stated that a day before her death, she was beaten up and subsequently strangulated to death by her husband and in-laws. It was further alleged that the accused had cremated the dead body of the deceased without informing her parents.

The trial court convicted the husband, brother-in-law and mother-in-law of the deceased for the aforesaid offences. However, on appeal, the High Court acquitted the brother-in-law and mother-in-law, and upheld the conviction of the husband alone. Further, the sentence of rigorous imprisonment of ten years awarded to the appellant husband under Section 304B IPC, was reduced to seven years.

The husband challenged this verdict before the apex court.

Source: Barandbench

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