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Man jailed for cruelty against wife, demanding dowry

An electrician has been awarded rigorous jail term for two-and-a-half years by a Delhi court for injuring his wife with a screw driver and subjecting her to cruelty for bringing insufficient dowry, but absolved him of dowry death charge.

District Judge Talwant Singh said “in view of the facts and circumstances of the present case, convict Dev Kumar is awarded rigorous imprisonment for a period of two years and six months and fine of Rs 10,000 for offence punishable under Section 498A (cruelty) of the IPC.” 

The court relied on the statements of witnesses and said Kumar had started harassing his wife Manju for bringing insufficient dowry just a year after their marriage in 2006.

Referring to incidents of cruelty meted out to Manju, including injuring her with a screw driver, and demands for Rs 50,000 cash and a motorcycle, the judge said. 

“I, therefore, hold that prosecution has been able to prove its case against the accused under Section 498A of the IPC. Accordingly, accused Dev Kumar is convicted under Section 498A of the IPC.” 
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