Justices Markandeya Katju and Deepak Verma of the vacation bench observed, "You have burnt to death a woman by pouring kerosene. How can you do such a barbaric act? It is an uncivilised act. You should be hanged for the crime." The Apex court also observed that there is sharp increase in the number of dowry cases in which hapless women are burnt to death by the husband and in-laws.
"In India hundreds of innocent women are being burnt to death. It is an uncivilised act, How can we do it? We should hang such persons," the Apex court observed. This observation was passed by the Supreme Court while refusing to grant bail to Mahender Kumar Gulati, a convict in a bride burning case.