Court or­ders FIR in dowry plaint filed 20 years af­ter mar­riage

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Ht Punjab & Haryana - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­

RO­HTAK : A Sonepat court has or­dered the reg­is­tra­tion of a first-in­for­ma­tion re­port (FIR) in a woman’s com­plaint ha­rass­ment, filed 20 years af­ter mar­riage.

The woman, iden­ti­fied as Mamta, wife of Ravin­der of Sonepat’s Kharkhoda, had moved court af­ter the po­lice, re­port­edly, failed to en­ter­tain her com­plaint as the mar­riage had sur­vived 20 years. The cou­ple have two daugh­ters and a son.

In her com­plaint now, she has claimed that her hus­band and mother-in-law Ram­vati started tor­tur­ing her for dowry soon af­ter mar­riage, even as her par­ents had given ad­e­quate dowry.

“My hus­band was a ha­bit­ual drinker and would of­ten beat me for dowry. Be­ing a de­vo­tional Hindu wife, I waited for my hus­band to change, but that never hap­pened. Now, I have de­cided to file a case as things have be­come intolerable,” her plaint reads.

The court has or­dered the reg­is­tra­tion of an FIR against hus­band and mother-in-law un­der Sec­tions 120B (crim­i­nal con­spir­acy), 323 (vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing hurt), 498-A (hus­band or rel­a­tive of woman sub­ject­ing her to cru­elty) and 506 (crim­i­nal intimidation) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code.

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