Jurisdiction no bar in dowry harassment cases

The Supreme Court held that a woman can file a case of dowry harassment against her husband and her in-laws under Section 498 IPC at the place where she currently takes shelter. The court in order to provide relief to victims of dowry harassment, relaxed section 177 of the CrPC which made it mandatory for criminal cases to be filed in courts within whose jurisdiction the crime occurred.

The Bench was chaired by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. The order was passed while dealing with an appeal filed by one Rupali Devi whose case was dismissed as it was filed from her parents place of residence. The Supreme Court upheld her appeal and held that cases of dowry harassment can be filed at the place where the wife is presently sheltered.