There is a tendency of implicating distant relatives in dowry cases, which should be depreciated, a Delhi court has observed. Additional Sessions Judge Ramesh Kumar made the observation while dismissing a review petition filed against a trial court order which had discharged the complainant’s sister-in-law and her husband.
“The tendency of falsely implicating distant relatives, more particularly, the married sisters of the husband should be depreciated. The married sisters, most of the times, have no role to play in the married life of their brothers and their wives.
“Charge can be framed against them only if, prima facie, there is strong and sufficient material depicting their involvement. If there is merely a whisper … in the complaint regarding the involvement of married sisters, then charge should not be framed against the married sisters,” the judge said.
The court passed the order noting that the complainant’s sister-in-law was already married and “from the record file, it is clear that they are residing separately from the complainant and her husband and they were not in a position to commit the offence as mentioned in the complaint regarding demand of dowry etc.”
The woman had filed the complaint against her husband and in-laws in 2006 for allegedly subjecting her to cruelty and criminal breach of trust in connection with an alleged dowry demand.
The trial court, however, discharged woman’s sister-in-law and her husband. Thereafter, an appeal was filed before the sessions court.