Unveiling India’s Dowry Death Law: Misuse, Interpretation, and Legal Insights

  • Adeeb Ahmad and Sarim Uddin
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  • Adeeb Ahmad

    Student at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India

  • Sarim Uddin

    Student at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India

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This article delves into India's dowry death laws, focusing on the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961, and Section 304-B of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. Despite legal measures to combat dowry-related offenses, instances of misuse and malicious prosecution persist. The essential elements of dowry death cases, such as the vague interpretation of "soon before her death," contribute to varied understandings and potential abuse of the laws. The article highlights cases where individuals, predominantly husbands, faced false accusations leading to grave injustice. While the judiciary intervenes to quash baseless charges, the continuation of other charges emphasizes the need for nuanced legal definitions and a balanced approach to prevent wrongful victimization in dowry death cases.




International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 1, Page 1477 - 1481

DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLMH.116871

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