- Supreme Court convicted mother-in-law in dowry case
- Together with the son tortured the daughter-in-law for jewelry
- Frustrated, the woman committed suicide by setting herself on fire.
- SC said – if mother-in-law is oppressed, then a serious crime
The Supreme Court made important remarks while convicting a mother-in-law in a dowry case. The court said that the offense against a woman becomes more serious when a woman commits cruelty to her daughter-in-law. A bench of Justices MR Shah and BV Nagarathna observed that if one woman does not protect the other woman, the other woman, who is a daughter-in-law, will become more vulnerable.
“When an offense is committed by a woman while committing cruelty against another woman, who is a daughter-in-law, it becomes a more serious offence,” the bench said. If the woman who is the mother-in-law does not protect the other woman, who is the daughter-in-law, she will become more vulnerable.’
Tired of harassment, daughter-in-law commits suicide
The top court passed this order on an admission petition on behalf of a woman. The woman was convicted by the Madras High Court under section 498A of the Indian Penal Code. The victim’s mother had filed a complaint that her son-in-law, son-in-law’s mother, her daughter and father-in-law used to torture her daughter for jewellery. It was alleged in the complaint that due to this his daughter had committed suicide by setting herself on fire.
Considering the evidence, the trial court had acquitted the accused number four and convicted the accused number one to three. The trial court had sentenced the accused to one year in jail and a fine of one thousand rupees for the offense under section 498A of the IPC and three years in jail and a fine of two thousand rupees under section 306.
The High Court had partly allowed the appeal against the order of the lower court and acquitted all the accused of offenses under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code.