Rejecting pre-arrest bail in an alleged dowry case, a local court termed “dowry system so deeply rooted in Indian culture that sometimes one feels that there is going to be no way to stop it for another century.”
Rejecting the bail plea of the accused Vijay Kumar Bhandari on August 19, the court observed, “When demands for dowry are not met, the bride is subject to torture and often even killed. The reason many parents do not want to have daughters is because of the dowry they will have to shell out at her marriage and the stress they go through due to never ending demands of her in-laws.”
The photographs of the complainant with her husband were placed on record in the court wherein the couple visited Europe, Hong Kong , Canada, Leh & Ladakh. The dowry victim stated that her father had spent the amount on the said trips.
The transactions of savings account of the father of the complainant in which two transactions to the tune of Rs 70,700 and Rs 1,00,000 have been made through cheques. These cheques were issued on February 16, 2015 and February 26, 2015 in favour of Bhandari who tried to clarify that these transactions were given a lumpsum amount of milni ceremony.
The court further added that the ceremony is a pious event in which boy’s family is honoured by the girl’s family members. The court further added that the gift or amount is no material rather paying of regard is significant.