The Supreme Court has ruled that no agreement for giving or taking dowry is required to prove the offence of dowry death.
While upholding the conviction and sentence of father-in-law for setting afire his daughter-in-law for dowry, a bench comprising Justices Arijit Pasayat and Mukundakam Sharma, in the judgement, noted, â€˜While interpreting section 304B of the IPC (Dowry death), if courts insist on such agreements than virtually no offender can be booked.â€™ The apex court further noted, â€˜Hardly, any offender would come under the clutches of law.â€™ Prem Kanwar, the father-in-law, was acquitted by the trial court.
Rajasthan High Court, however, reversed the order of the acquittal and held the appellant guilty of the killing of his daughter-in-law by setting her ablaze.
The apex court dismissed the appeal of the accused and held that as per section 3 and 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act both giving and taking dowry is an offence.
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