A woman’s complaint against her husband and in-laws alleging that they caused her to miscarry and indulged in continuous harassment and dowry demands was rejected by a Sessions court which acquitted all the six persons.
Additional Sessions Judge T. R. Naval gave the husband, his mother, father, two brothers and a sister-in-law the “benefit of doubt” saying the prosecution could not prove the case beyond reasonable doubt and suspicion that the wife was ill-treated.
The alleged victim’s case also suffered a setback after the judge found that none of the material witnesses including her family members deposed that all or any of the accused persons “harassed or ill-treated or taunted or coerce her to bring dowry or cruelty was meted out to her.” According to the prosecution, the couple got married in 2001 and that a demand of Rs.2 lakh was made from her family to start a business. When she expressed inability to give the amount, the six accused beat her up, it said. She alleged that with the intervention of the police matters were settled for a while but during her second pregnancy, the demand for money was raised again and that one day the accused and his family barged in and assaulted her brutally leading to abdominal pain.
She claimed that she went to a clinic following which a doctor allegedly told her that the foetus was injured and would probably die after which she got an abortion done.
However, the doctor who treated the woman did not concur with the prosecution case and deposed that she was suffering from ectopic pregnancy.