Bhilai (Chhattisgarh): The court of judicial magistrate in Bhilai has ordered to register a case against a woman and her father for allegedly giving Rs 3.10 crore dowry. The court took this action on the plea of the woman’s husband. This is the first time in the state that a woman and her family members have been booked in a dowry-related case.
The woman has also registered a case against her husband for demanding dowry and the hearing related to this case are ongoing.
First such case: Bar Council member
Senior member of the State Bar Council, BP Singh, said that this is the first such case in Chhattisgarh. No one in the past has been booked for giving dowry in the state.
Woman had complained against husband nine years after marriage
Durg resident Vijay Agarwal’s daughter Ruhi got married to Nimish Agarwal, 38, of Nehru Nagar on January 16, 2007. More than nine years after the marriage, Ruhi lodged a complaint against Nimish at Supela police station on May 7, 2016 for demanding dowry.
Police booked Nimish under the Dowry Act. The hearing in the case began in the fast track court of judge Harish Kumar Awasthi.
During the hearing, Ruhi and her father Vijay Agarwal told the court they had deposited first Rs 2.50 crore and then Rs 60 lakh in the bank account of groom’s family members.
On this basis, the accused husband Nimish petitioned the judicial magistrate’s court against the wife and her family. On Tuesday, the court issued an order to register a case against Ruhi and her father Vijay Agarwal.
Minimum 5-year jail term under Dowry Act
As per Section 3 of the Dowry Prohibition Act 1961, taking or giving or abetting to take or give dowry is an offence, punishable with imprisonment of at least five years and fine of Rs 15,000 or the dowry amount, whichever is more.