Four persons, including a woman’s husband, father-in-law and two other relatives, have been acquitted by a local court for her murder and harassment for want of substantial evidence.
Thane Additional Sessions Judge A S Waghwase in a recent order observed that the prosecution failed to prove the charges under sections 498(A) (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 306 (abetment of suicide), 304?B (offence of dowry death), 302 (murder) and 201 r/w 34 of IPC against the accused persons.
Additional Public Prosecutor Buleshwar Hinge told the court that the accused – Vikram Bharat Bhoir (28- victim’s husband), Jaywant Baburao Bhoir (42 – relative), Bharat Bhaskar Bhoir (52 – father-in-law) and Vidhyadhar Bharat Bhoir (25 -brother-in-law) – were residents of Balkum area of Thane.
Vikram had married Archana in February 2003. After some time, the four accused allegedly subjected her to cruelty while demanding around Rs 20,000 for business. The victim had informed her parents also about it.
The prosecution said that on February 23, 2007, Archana had called her mother to say that the four threatened her with dire consequences if their demand was not met.
The next day, her family was informed that Archana fell in the bathroom and suffered head injury.
When the victim’s parents reached her house, they found her dead. When the body was being readied for the final rites, Archana’s relatives saw a ligature mark around her neck.
Upon detailed inquiry, the victim’s husband said that Archana had committed suicide.