New Delhi, Dec 22: Upholding a trial court's sentence in a dowry death case, the Delhi High Court sentenced a man to seven years imprisonment for harassing his wife for dowry, leading to the victim committing suicide.
"The evidence placed on record by the prosecution clearly points that the deceased was subjected to harassment and cruelty which was connected to the demand for dowry," Justice Rajiv Shakdher has said.
While upholding the conviction of Sanjay, the court said that the trial court has committed “no error in awarding the sentence" to him and acquitting his mother.
Based on witness accounts, the court established that the "deceased was harassed on account of bringing insufficient dowry and hence there was a constant demand for dowry."
“Once statements made by the deceased to her relatives are admissible as evidence for offence of dowry death, they could be used for proving case for cruelty," the court said on the issue of cruelty.
The victim, Baby married Sanjay on Feb 15, 1994. She was forced to commit suicide by hanging herself in her matrimonial home just six months after the marriage.
The trial court judgment came in 2006. The court had convicted the husband of the deceased, while acquitting the mother on benefit of doubt.