Man, Kin Get 7-Year Jail For Dowry Death

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GURDASPUR – About seven years after a woman committed suicideafter being harassed for bringing insufficient dowry, justice was deliveredwhen Additional Sessions Judge Baljinder Kaur Sidhu sentencedthe deceased’s two sisters-in-law and father-in-law to seven years’ rigorousimprisonment. They court fined each convict Rs 10,000.The court, designated the court for crimes against women, came downheavily on the convicts and recorded in its judgment that “the convictshave committed a heinous crime of torturing, harassing and pressurisingthe deceased, Gurpreet Kaur, by regularly raising the demand fordowry. All three also created miserable circumstances in the house,compelling the poor, helpless girl to take her life.”When the question ofproviding leniency to father-in-law Gulzar Singh was raised by hislawyer on the plea “that he was an old man and could hardly walk”, thecourt shot down the appeal .