Dowry Death–Soon before Death- Evidence on record clearly shows that it was immediate prior to this occurrence, there has been demand of dowry and harassment on account of the same—Therefore, it cannot be contended that since the alleged demand was of Rs.20,000/- only it does not fall within the definition ‘dowry’-Conviction upheld
Cruelty to Wife–Arrest–Prevention of misuse of S.498-A IPC—Directions issued that there will be no automatic arrest—Complaint has to be forwarded to a family welfare committee and till committee submits its report there can be no arrest. Cruelty to Wife—Investigation—To be done only by a designated investigating officer of the area. Cruelty to wife—Bail—Recovery of disputed dowry items will not be a ground for denial of bail. Cruelty to wife—Compromise—Quashing—District & Sessions Judge empowered to close the criminal cases with regard to matrimonial discord. Cruelty to Wife—Clubbing of Cases—It would beopen to the District Judge to club all connected cases between the parties arising out of matrimonial disputes. Cruelty to Wife—Prevention of misuse of S.498-A, IPC—Personal appearance of all family members—Trial court ought to grant exemption from personal appearance or permit appearance by video conferencing. Cruelty to Wife—Physical Injuries—Directions issued for prevention of misuse of S.498-A, IPC will not apply to the offences involving tangible physical injuries or death.