Now SC allows immediate arrest in dowry harassment cases

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Sep 14: The Supreme Court on Friday restored the powers of the police to act on complaints of dowry harassment under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Supreme Court has made it clear that there is no need for family welfare committees, it is for Parliament to make suitable rules.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud struck down the family welfare committee that was set-up by an earlier direction of the top court to scrutinise the complaints of dowry harassment before the police could act on them.

The apex court said that there are in-built remedies in Criminal Procedure to check the misuse of law like Section 41A and anticipatory bail among others.

Striking down its July 27, 2017 order, the apex court said: "We think it appropriate to direct the investigating officer to be careful in dealing with the complaints of dowry harassment."

The court also directed the Director General of Police in the states to ensure that investigating officers probing offences under Section 498A should be imparted rigorous training with regard to the principles stated by the top court relating to the arrest made in such cases.

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Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty.—Whoever, being the husband or the relative of the husband of a woman, subjects such woman to cruelty shall be pun­ished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine.
With Agencies