Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Mahila Court convicts family for abetment of suicide of young woman, as they harassed her for additional dowry

Three persons of a family were sentenced to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment by a Mahila Court here for abetting the suicide of a young woman, who was working in an IT company, by harassing her for dowry.

Vijayalakshmi, a graduate in computer applications, was working with Infosys in Hyderabad.

Later she shifted to its Chennai office after her marriage with S. Dineshkumar of Villivakkam in 2009. According to the prosecution, her parents gave the groom’s family 20 sovereigns of gold jewellery at the time of the marriage in Tirupur. Later, her husband, father-in-law and mother-in-law demanded five more sovereigns of gold and a car. In 2010, Vijayalakshmi committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan in her bedroom.

On a complaint by Leelavathi, her mother, the police charged Dineshkumar, his parents, S. Sampath and S. Vasanthi under Sections 498(A) (Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 306(Abetment of Suicide) of the Indian Penal Code.

According to Leelavathi’s testimony, a few days before the suicide, her daughter had telephoned her to say the accused had taken her entire salary and that she had no money.

Thus, the accused were committing cruelty by demanding dowry. As Vijayalakshmi was telling her mother that her in-laws were threatening to kill her, the phone line got cut suddenly. Later, the girl’s family in Tirupur was informed about her death.

Convicting and sentencing the trio, Mahila Court Judge Meena Satheesh said, “The accused have harassed Vijayalakshmi and thereby induced her to commit suicide. Hence, this court is of the decided view that the offence of causing cruelty to deceased Vijayalakhmi and inducing her to commit suicide was proved by evidence.”

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