Woman told to pay Rs 5 lakh to in-laws

Yamunanagar, April 25: In a significant judgment, a local court has imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on a woman, who had made a frivolous complaint against her in-laws for dowry.

The Judicial Magistrate said many instances had come to light where the complainants were not bonafide and had been filed with an oblique motive. The magistrate termed the case as a classic example for such an instance.

Kanwalpreet Kaur of Model Town here had filed a complaint against brothers-in-law Davinder Pal Singh, Amarjeet Singh, Satwinder Singh and Gurbinder Singh, mother-in-law Gurbachan Kaur, sisters-in-law Balwinder Kaur and Jaswinder Kaur and niece Ritu under Sections 498-A in 1997. The court had quashed the names of Balwinder, Jaswinder and Ritu from the case in 2002.

Kanwalpreet was married to Navjeet Singh in 1992. In her complaint, she had alleged that her in-laws were harassing her for more dowry. She had claimed that her brothers had given Rs 1.5 lakh to her in-laws in three installments. She had further alleged that she was thrown out of the house.

In the order it had been said the remaining five accused were made to suffer on account of baseless and malicious allegation. To prevent such abuse of beneficial provision of Section 498-A of the IPC by women in future, the magistrate dismissed the complaint and acquitted the accused of the charges.

The court directed Kanwalpreet to pay Rs 1 lakh to each of the five persons.

Source: Tribune India


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