In a major judgement, the top court of the country has slightly modified its order that provided for setting up of a committee to deal with dowry harassment complaints.
This was to protect the provision of pre-arrest.
The Supreme Court had on April 23 reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas seeking revisiting of a judgement that had reduced the severity of the anti-dowry law on the offence of subjecting a married woman to cruelty by spouse and in-laws.
But the top court has now modified its order and said that there is no scope for courts to constitutionally fill up the gaps in penal law.
The petition before the Supreme Court suggested that out of the three members in family welfare committees, at least two should be women and one should have done Masters in Social Work.
It had also suggested recording of facts at the time of counselling and said the committee should also consider the economic status of the parties.
The bench had observed that many such complaints are not bonafide and “uncalled for arrest” may ruin the chances of settlement.
The top court had issued notices to Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Women and Child Development and National Commission of Women and sought their responses while disagreeing with the July 27 verdict of the smaller bench.>