Young women enter matrimonial homes with a hope of leading a long and blissful married life “but this hope, invariably, does not last long, nor their life”, the Supreme Court observed today while upholding a five-year jail term of a man guilty of compelling his 25- year-old pregnant wife to commit suicide.
“The story of the deceased young lady, aged about 25 years who was forced to commit suicide by the unfortunate situation and circumstances surrounding her life, resembles the tale of so many similar young ladies who end their life due to untold miseries and hardships faced by them within the confines of the four walls of their matrimonial home.
“All of them enter such home with hope of leading a long and blissful married life but this hope, invariably, does not last long, nor their life,” a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh said.
The apex court’s verdict came on the appeal filed by convict Satish Shetty challenging Karnataka High Court’s 2007 verdict by which he was sent behind bars for cruelly treating his wife and abetting her suicide in 1993.
A trial court had in 2000 acquitted Shetty and his parents of the offences.
The high court, however, had modified the order partly by sending the accused husband behind bars for the offences of 498A (subjecting woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC.
The apex court, while upholding the high court verdict, said, “the High Court has come to a well considered finding that the deceased was being harassed both physically and mentally and in direct as well as indirect ways for non compliance with the demand of the accused for Rs one lakh for investment in his wine business.”
“The High Court found that such harassment falls squarely under section 498-A of the IPC. We find no good reason to take a different view,” it said.
( Source – PTI )