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   Dowry Harassment


`Dowry’ means any property or valuable security given or agreed to be given either directly or indirectly-

  1.  By one party to a marriage to the other party to the marriage; or
  2.  by the parents of either party to a marriage or by any other person, to either party to the marriage or to any other person; at or before or any time after the marriage in connection with the marriage of said parties but does not include dower or Maher in the case of persons to whom the Muslim Personal Law (Shari at) applies.



  • If any person, gives or takes or abets the giving or taking of dowry, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than five years, and with the fine which shall not be less than fifteen thousand rupees or the amount of the value of such dowry, whichever is more:
  • If any person demands directly or indirectly, from the parents or other relatives or guardian of a bride or bridegroom as the case may be, any dowry, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend to two years and with fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees:



  • Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty.—Whoever, being the husband or the relative of the husband of a woman, subjects such woman to cruelty shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine. Exp“cruelty” means—
  • (1) any wilful conduct which is of such a nature as is likely to drive the woman to commit suicide or to cause grave injury or danger to life, limb or health (whether mental or physical) of the woman; or
  • (2) harassment of the woman where such harassment is with a view to coercing her or any person related to her to meet any unlawful demand for any property or valuable security or is on account of failure by her or any person related to her to meet such demand.



  • Any conduct of the respondent shall constitute domestic violence if he,—
  •  habitually assaults or makes the life of the aggrieved person miserable by cruelty of conduct even if such conduct does not amount to physical ill-treatment; or
  •  forces the aggrieved person to lead an immoral life; or
  •  otherwise injures or harms the aggrieved person.
  • Domestic violence includes actual abuse or the threat of abuse whether physical, sexual, verbal, emotional or economic.



  • The Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961
  • 498 A I PC Introduced In 1983
  • The Anti-Dowry Cell Was Set Up In 1982
  • Crime Against Women Cell Was Set Up In 1983
  • State Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. Access to Justice for all
  •  Protection Of Women From Domestic Violence Act 2005 Was Brought Into Force By The Indian Government From October 26, 2006.


  • 1091 Helpline No.
  • Anti-Obscene-Cell, Anti-Stalking-Cell 27894455 Fax-27292523 ,9911135446
  • SPL CP Sh. Taj Hassan(Nodal Officers For Women Related Matter) 9818099012
  • Dedicated Incoming Telephone For Each Police Station As Women Helpline Number
  • Special Police Unit For Women And Children & 11 Caw Cells In Distt.
  • Self Defense Unit For Empowering Women Started In 2002
  •  Mobile Team Curb The Eve Teasing Incidents In The Public Transport Launched In 20/2/14.
  • Gender Sensitization Training Program mes For Police Officers
  • Monthly Meeting Of Nodal Officers With Various NGOs