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Techie and family acquitted in dowry case
Madhusoodan MK, TNN Apr 29, 2013, 08.37PM IST

BANGALORE: A trial court has acquitted a software engineer and seven of his family members from a dowry harassment case setting aside the order of a lower court sentencing them to undergo jail term ranging from six months to two years.

In his judgement Fast Track-IX court judge SH Koraddi stated that the software engineer and resident of Old Gurappanapalya of BTM I Stage Musaveer, 36, who was named as the accused No 1 in the dowry harassment case filed by his estranged wife Rehana Tasneem has been acquitted from the case along with his other seven family members including his mother Famida Saleem, 56.

Musaveer was sentenced to undergo two years imprisonment by II Additional Metropolitan Magistrate on December 3, last year, while his mother Famida, sisters Sabiha, Wajiha, and Fasiha and three brothers-in-law Irfan, Shoiab and Aslam were sentenced to under to six months imprisonment for dowry harassment and under provisions of Dowry Prohibition Act.

The court found that there was no material to show that Rehana Tasneem was driven to commit suicide and the husband abetted her to commit suicide by the alleged harassment or cruelty and the mere harassment of wife by the husband due to differences were not sufficient proof as stipulated in earlier cases. The allegations against sisters and their husbands, who were living separately, and roping all of them into the case amounts to abuse of process of law.

"The provisions of section 498-A of Indian Penal Code does not give licence to such unscrupulous persons to wreak personal vendetta or unleash harassment," the order stated.

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