Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Demand for biz help amounts to dowry: SC

New Delhi: Demand for property or valuables which has a connection with marriage constitutes “dowry” even if it is made by the husband or in-laws for starting a new business, the Supreme Court has ruled. “If a demand for property or valuable security, directly or indirectly, has a nexus with marriage, in our opinion, such demand would constitute ‘demand for dowry’; the cause or reason for such demand being immaterial,” the apex court said in a judgement. 
   A bench of justices Aftab Alam and R M Lodha passed the judgement while dismissing the appeal filed by Bachini Devi and her son challenging the seven years’ rigorous imprisonment awarded to them in a dowry death case. The bench rejected the argument of the convicts who citing an apex court 2007 judgement in the Appasaheb vs Maharashtra case claimed that if a demand is made by the husband or in-laws for starting a business, the same would not constitute “dowry”. PTI  

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