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Husband, in-laws sentenced to 8 yrs imprisonment

Written by: Staff

Mumbai, Apr 26 (UNI) A local court today convicted three people, including a chartered accountant, his mother and father in a case of dowry death of June, 1990, and sentenced them to eight years rigorous imprisonment.

Additional Sessions Judge K U Chandiwal held Sanjeev Sunderlal Shah, the husband of the victim, his father and mother Sunderlal Shah and Shanta Devi respectively guilty under section 304-B IPC read with section 34.

The Judge also slapped a fine of Rs 60,000 each on them and, in default, to undergo another six months imprisonment.

According to prosecution, victim Anju Thakurlal Salgia from Indore in Madhya Pradesh was married to Sanjeev, resident of Mumbai, on November 30, 1989. However, from day one of marriage, Anju had to face the wrath of husband and other family members over dowry demands.

Unable to bear the mental harassment, Anju visited her uncle Lalit Salgia at the latter's residence at Kalyan in the adjoining Thane district on May 31, 1990, and narrated her woes.

On June 5, she wrote a letter to her uncle detailing the problems and harassment at hands of her husband and in-laws and pleaded with him to intervene.

Accordingly, Lalit met the mediator who had arranged the marriage and fixed up June 10 to meet the in-laws. However, on June 10, he received a phone call from Sundarlal Shah that Anju had committed suicide by jumping from the terrace of the building.

Anju's uncle, who reached the spot, suspected foul play behind the mysterious death of his niece and filed a complaint with the police.

Not satisfied with the initial investigation, Anju's father appraoched Bombay High Court following which the investigations were transferred to DCB-CID.


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