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Top court: Kicking daughter-in-law amounts to cruelty under Sec 498A

The Supreme Court on Tuesday held that kicking a daughter-in-law amounts to an offence of cruelty punishable under Section 498A of IPC and allowed the trial of in-laws on a complaint of a woman alleging torture by them. The verdict assumes significance as the court’s earlier judgement on the issue had sparked a controversy forcing it to set aside its own ruling leading to a fresh hearing.

Allowing a curative petition by National Commission for Women (NCW), the apex court had ‘restored’ the matter for de novo (fresh) hearing in a case in which it had in 2009 had set aside the summoning order by the trial court against the woman’s father-in-law and mother-in-law on the allegation of cruelty. The mother-in-law was also accused of kicking the daughter-in-law.
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