Devanjana Mukherjee, Khabri Media
As the trial unfolded, the defense presented a robust case, challenging the credibility of the evidence and testimonies put forth by the prosecution.
The case, based on IPC sections 498A and 304B, asserted that accused Jitender Gahlot’s wife, Neelam, committed suicide on January 24, 2018, due to dowry-related mistreatment. However, the court ruled that the prosecution did not establish any unlawful demand for property or valuable security by the husband.
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Pointing out the prosecution’s failure to substantiate allegations, the court noted deficiencies and inconsistencies in the statements of the deceased’s mother, daughter, and brother. The testimony of the mother was based on hearsay, and the brother’s account lacked information about steps taken after his sister’s plea for help.
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The court noted that the deceased’s brother, Bablu, had stated that her sister twice confided in him regarding beatings and torture by her husband and even asked him to take her away, saying she would die otherwise.
According to the prosecution, Gahlot’s wife Neelam committed suicide by hanging on January 24, 2018 as she was subjected to cruelty and harassment for dowry. It had said the accused married the deceased on July 31, 2017.
Additional Sessions Judge Manika was hearing a case against Jitender Gahlot, against whom the Dabri police station here had filed a chargesheet under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 304B (dowry death).
Regarding the allegations of Gehlot beating up his wife after consuming liquor, besides subjecting her to “all kinds of harassment beyond her tolerance”, the court said there were “deficiencies and inconsistencies” in the statements of the deceased’s mother, daughter and brother.
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