Anti-dowry law makes it wife-biased, discriminatory,and poorly formulated. A complaint from your wife or her family member can land husband and his entire family in jail without any investigation.
"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist."
- Winston Churchill
MANGALORE: The Third Judicial Magistrate First Class court here sentenced a person to six-months imprisonment for harassing his wife for dowry and fined him Rs 2,000. The judge Renuka Devidas Raikar directed Ashraf the husband to undergo imprisonment and also sentenced five other relatives including his father, mother, sisters and brother-in-law to undergo one-month imprisonment and fined them Rs 1,000 each.
The co-accused sentenced in this case is Umarabba, Bi Fatima, Khairulla, Jameela, and Rafique. The Ullal police station had registered a case against Ashraf and others under Sections 323, 506, ad 509 of IPC. The Ullal PSI A D Nagaraj had filed the chargesheet before the court and assistant public prosecutor Judith Crasta appeared on behalf of the state in this case. The fine amount, the judge directed, should be paid to the victim.