Harassed for #dowry woman’s commits suicide with her infant

3 July 2015, Vellore

23 year old  with her 9 month son committed suicide, also killing him, as she jumped into a water tank with her baby in her arms. She lived with her mother-in-law who had been harassing her for dowry while her husband worked in Singapore


Police #woman dies of poisoning after police ignore her #dowry harassment complaints

Indore June 11, 2015

Even a police woman cannot get police protection against dowry abuse. 32 year old Archana Tomar had approached the police numerous times with complaints about dowry harassment by her husband. She later died of poisoning and is said to have committed suicide. However, as no suicide note was found, murder cannot be ruled out. The question is, will the police force that failed to protect her, be honest in its investigations and do her justice?


Another Suspicious “Suicide” in A #Dowry Abuse Case

Moga, June 19, 2015

26 year old Mandeep Kaur supposed suicide by burning, is yet another suspicious case of dowry abuse. Her husband and inlaws had been abusing her for dowry since her marriage two years ago. According to her mother, Parkash Kaur, she received a phone call from Hariewala on Thursday that Mandeep Kaur had burnt herself by pouring petrol on herself and was undergoing treatment at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot.

“As soon as we received the phone call, we reached the hospital immediately but Mandeep Kaur was declared dead by the doctors of in the emergency ward,” said Parkash Kaur. After autopsy, the body handed over to family members.


Amazon employee in India commits suicide because of #dowry abuse

12 June 2015, Bangalore

Deepika B. , a 24 year-old Amazon. com, committed suicide, and left a note saying she did so because she could not bear the abuse by her husband for dowry. She had moved out of her in-laws and husband’s house, to escape the abuse and had been living separately. But her parents were pressurizing her to return to her husband’s house and compromise to make the marriage work.


Newly married woman hangs to death after #dowry torture by in-laws in Bengaluru

12 April 2015, Bangalore

20 year old Bhahya who married around eight months ago, reportedly hanged herself to death after her husband left for work on Saturday morning.

Bhagya’s parents have made a complaint to the police, saying that their daughter had slipped into depression as Gowda kept harassing her for dowry and had stopped talking to her. They claimed that her in-laws harassed her too.


Top Reserve Bank of India official gets bail in his wife’s dowry death case

7 April 2015, New Delhi

Nitin Kumar, Assistant General Manager in the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), who was arrested on upon a complaint lodged by his father-in-law who said that his daughter’s in-laws and husband had killed her for dowry, was released on bail.
Kumar’s wife who was a manager with Punjab National Bank, was found hanging from the fan in her house in R K Puram. Kumar’s counsel asserts the  victim had committed suicide after an argument.However, the deceased’s parents alleged that she was being harassed by Kumar and was never allowed to visit them after her marriage. One day prior to the incident, the victim had informed her parents about her dowry harassment.



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.


Delhi Judge Rules “Minor beatings” By Husband As Acceptable In A #Dowry Related Suicide

March 31, 2015, New Delhi

In a case where the prosecution has argued that physically abused by the husband for dowry, a woman was driven to suicide, as is the case with hundreds of dowry related deaths (murders) in India, the judge in a Delhi trial court ruled that “Minor incidents of beatings” do not amount to cruelty upon wife, while acquitting a man in the dowry death case of his wife. Giving the benefit of doubt to Delhi resident Jagmohan, the court said, “Minor incidents of beatings on small issues can take place in any household and it would be unsafe and rather hazardous to overstretch these and give them the colour of cruelty as defined in the explanation attached to Section 498A IPC.”


#Police woman and her son arrested for his wife’s #dowry related death

22 November 2014, Bhopal
A police woman and her son were arrested after the son’s wife apparently committed suicide by hanging herself. She was suffering from depression because of constant abuse by her husband and mother-in-law for dowry.


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