Big decision of the Supreme Court! Husband will not be blamed for wife’s death in in-laws

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday said that if a woman dies of natural causes at home within seven years of marriage, it is not enough to allege sexual abuse by her husband for this death. The Supreme Court bench of Justices Abhay S. Oka and Rajesh Bindal said this while hearing the case of Charanjit Singh vs. State of Uttarakhand.

The court held that unnatural death of a woman at her in-laws’ house within seven years of marriage is not sufficient to charge the accused under sections 304B and 498A of the IPC. While giving the verdict in this case, the court acquitted the woman’s husband. The Uttarakhand High Court upheld the court’s order after she was convicted under IPC sections 304B (domestic death), 498A (cruelty by husband or relative) and 2011 (destroying evidence).

When the man’s wife died after two years of marriage, he started living with his in-laws. On June 24, 1995, the girl’s father filed a murder case against the man. It has been said in the FIR that my daughter was murdered for not fulfilling the demand of a motorcycle and a car.

The trial court had convicted the woman’s husband, dir and mother-in-law. However, the High Court acquitted the woman’s brother-in-law and mother-in-law and upheld the husband’s crime. The husband’s sentence was reduced from ten years’ rigorous imprisonment to seven years. The husband challenged the decision in the Supreme Court.

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