JAIPUR: In a case of its kind, a local court took cognizance of a dowry case and issued a bailable warrant on Friday against a woman and her parents for giving dowry to the groom’s family. A city-based businessman had filed a complaint alleging that the bride’s side gave dowry in violation of Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961.
The warrant, requiring the three to be present in the court on October 10, were issued against Komal, her mother Asha Devi and father Balram Sahay, residents of Ludhiana in Punjab, by the ACJM court 11 on Friday. Iqbal Rai Jain, a resident of Vaishali Nagar here, had filed the complaint stating that the Sahays had forced them to accept dowry when Komal married his son Dr Amit Jain.
“The marriage was solemnised in December 2004 and as Amit had finished his MBBS degree, he went to Delhi to do MS. Soon after the marriage, Komal’s family insisted that the lease papers of our Vaishali Nagar house be registered in her name, which we thought was necessary,” said Jain.
“Afterwards, they started insisting that they had given dowry worth Rs 18 lakh in total, which was false. We had not demanded any dowry from them,” said Jain.
Ashwani Bohra, the counsel of the complainant, said that the magistrate, Renuka Singh Hada, held that prima-facie, it seems that the family members of the bride have committed a crime by giving dowry to Komal’s in-laws, which is a clear violation of Sections 3 and 4 of the Act.
“It is for the first time in India that a court has taken cognizance and issued warrant in such a case,” claimed Bohra.
Meanwhile, Sahay, who is a retired income tax commissioner, has also lodged an FIR at a police station in Ludhiana under Sections 498-A and 406 of IPC.