Court rejects bail plea of man in dowry death case

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 5: Principal Sessions Judge Jammu, Jang Bahadur Singh Jamwal today rejected the bail application of Pawanjeet Singh, son of Romesh Chowdhary of Jeevan Nagar, who was booked in dowry death case.
According to the police case, few years after his marriage with Rani Devi alias Geeta Devi, Pawanjeet left his job and starting borrowing money from the people. When the petitioner failed to clear his debits, he started demanding money from his wife and her parents. When the parents of Rani Devi did not fulfill his lust for dowry, Pawanjeet started torturing his wife.
Finding it unable to tolerate the physical and mental torture, Rani Devi committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance on August 27, 2012. Accordingly, a case was registered and investigation started.
After hearing both the sides, Principal Sessions Judge observed, “the dowry system is so deeply rooted in Indian culture that sometimes one feels that there’s going to be no way out – at least not for another century”, adding “Bride-burning,’ a term which is very common now a days is used to describe the increasing number of young Indian housewives found murdered each year, has become commonplace in young marriages”.
“Scanning of the case diary has emanated that the investigation of the case is at its infancy stage and is progressing on the right direction. The offence alleged to have been committed by the petitioner is against the society and there is likelihood of affecting the public at large”, the court said, adding “the offence committed though may not be punishable with death penalty or imprisonment for life, however, an alternative punishment has been provided”.
With these observations, Court rejected the bail application.

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