Dowry system is one of the biggest menaces of the Indian society. Although it is highly condemned by the educated and modern class, it is still vastly prevalent in our society.
This issue has been brought into the limelight once again as a very disturbing video clip, capturing a woman being assaulted by her brother-in-law and his friends surfaced the social media on Friday.
The victim, identified as Meena Kashyap from Patiala district of Punjab, was beaten up for registering a domestic violence and dowry complaint against her in-laws. She had been married to Daljeet Singh since two years. Reportedly, her husband and in-laws had been harassing her over dowry and the duo had been living separately. She had also given birth to a girl child, which her in-laws refused to accept.
35-year-old Meena had registered a complaint in April 2017 in the Kotwali police station. However, when no action was taken by the Police, she met the Punjab director general of police, Suresh Arora last week, who then asked the inspector general of police AS Rai (Patiala division) to look into the matter.
Victim’s father told ANI: “We had complained about the issue last year itself but nothing was being done regarding that. They have been married for the past two years now and have a girl child. Their family asked Rs. seven lakh for dowry”
On July 13, when her in-laws got to know about the complaint, her brother-in-law, Kamaljeet Singh and his friend, Gourav, allegedly attacked her with hockey sticks. (As seen in the video footage, captured from above a flight of stairs)
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According to a report on Hindustan Times, the police have registered an FIR against the victim’s husband Daljit Singh, his brother Kamaljeet and friend Gaurav, under sections 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 454 (house trespass), 506 (criminal intimidation), of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).