SRINAGAR The J&K High Court has denied bail to husband and in-laws of a woman allegedly murdered for dowry in Poonch in 2013. A single bench of Justice M K Hanjura rejected the bail application and remarked that the liberty of law abiding has to be treated on a higher pedestal than the ones who break the law. Mischievous elements cannot be allowed to go on a rampage destroying everything in their view.
“In view of the preceding analysis there is no merit in the instant bail application as a consequence of which the same is dismissed,” Justice Hanjura said. According to the case dairy, the deceased, Shaheen Akhter, was married to the Sami Ullah in 2012, and soon after Sami Ullah allegedly started maltreating his wife over dowry demand. A case under Section 498-A RPC was registered against the him for the ill treatment meted of his wife.
After the case he assured his wife that he will not subject her to torture, after which she returned. However, even after that she was allegedly agonized, and tortured on dowry demands. In the intervening night of December 12 and 13, 2013, the case diary says, the accused killed Shaheen by strangulating her.
After concealing the body for some time they threw it in a stream at Ari Mendhar, from where it was fished out on January 4, 2014. After investigation, a charge sheet was filed against the accused husband and in-laws before a trial court in Poonch. The High Court upheld the order of the Sessions court rejecting bail to the accused.
Justice M K Hanjura observed, “In a case of murder grant of bail is not the rule. Public policy, societal concerns and the general state of crime of such a nature are allied considerations which should weigh with the court while dealing with an application for bail”.