Another Acquittal in A #Dowry Related #Death by Madras High Court

29 March, 2015, Chennai

Paramasivam’s wife Sudha was found dead on September 12, 2001. Tirunelveli district and sessions judge had convicted Paramsivam and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment on charges of instigating his wife to commit suicide. He was also sentenced to three years imprisonment under Dowry Harassment Act on October 27, 2006.

However Paramasivam filed an appeal against the conviction and sentence in the High Court. The counsel for the petitioner said blaming his wife for being “dark coloured” was not harassment that and could not be seen as instigating her to commit suicide. Paramsivam had also asked for money for starting a business and that was not harassment. He had a car and had asked money for repairing the car and doing business. This was not dowry harassment, the counsel said.

Justice M Sathyanarayanan of Madurai, allowing a petition filed by Paramasivam against a lower court order, said “criticising the wife for being dark in colour does not amount to harassment or torture, and it cannot be said that the husband instigated the wife to commit suicide”. The Judge acquitted him from the charges.

Every year hundreds of women are driven to suicide after facing various forms of abuse and harassment for dowry. See our last post. Cases like this are setting a dangerous precedent for judicial and criminal response to dowry related suicides and murders in India.


Most Dowry Violence and Murders Among the Wealthiest in Chennai

Chennai, June 11, 2012

Police records in the city of Chennai, in Southern India, show a pattern of dowry violence and murders similar to that in the nothern cities like Delhi.  The most number of cases of dowry violence and murders are in the most affluent neighborhoods.  Police records show that there were 97 dowry harassment and violence cases and 10 dowry deaths (murders) in the past five months in the south zone of Chennai, which has posh neighborhoods like T Nagar, Vadapalani, Guindy, Adyar, Ashok Nagar and Thuraipakkam.   Report here

Why Are Indian Women Setting Themselves on Fire?

February 21, 2011, CHENNAI

28-year-old R Sushila was admitted to the burns ward of the Kilpauk Medical College Hospital (KMCH) after she tried to immolate herself, When she died a week later with 90% burns, it was recorded as a suicide. However, nurses said she had told them she committed suicide unable to bear the pressure and harrassment from her husband and in-laws for dowry. Continue reading

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