Dowry Police Complaint-India

Dowry Police Complaint-India

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A dowry construe an act of the Groom’s family receiving a token asset as a precondition of marriage from the bride’s family and can include an amount of money, property, piece of furniture, clothing, car, or any other valuable assets. It is one of the age-old evil systems of the Indian society which had been practiced for decades, however, to eradicate this social evil many Acts had to come into force namely the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1861 and the Protection of Women against Domestic Violence Act, 2005. 

Through our effective Dowry Police Complaint service, we conduct the whole procedure of drafting, reviewing, and filing discrete police complaint(s) given on your instructions by acting on your behalf at a local police station. You will also obtain a certified true copy of the police complaint after completing the entire process.



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Service & Cost Note: Drafting and filing and followup with the police station. Excl. any misc. expenses to be borne at the police station. 

According to a survey taken by the National Crime Bureau of India, as of 2017, nearly 7000 dowry deaths have been recorded in India. These are only the ones that have been reported. The taking or giving of dowry has been criminalized by the law since 1961 as the dowry system was abolished in 1961. But even after all the required laws, dowry remains to be a significant part of the formal Indian Marriage system, thereby defying the laws. The Acts providing protection for the empowerment of women include legislations namely Section 498A (Cruelty), Section 304B (Dowry Death) of the Indian Penal Code, Section 113B of the Indian Evidence Act, the Dowry Prohibition Act, Protection of Women against Domestic Violence. The National Commission of Women is also given powers to handle the dowry cases. In a landmark Supreme Court judgment a bench of Justice A.K Goel and Justice U.U Lalit directed that no arrest or coercion should be taken on dowry-related cases without ascertaining the veracity of allegations. 

Our service will assist with a qualified and experienced Advocate who will file the dowry-related police complaint on your behalf, by following all the steps of the procedure under the Indian Penal Code. Our Lawyers will navigate any queries regarding the dowry provisions in accordance with the law. They will further understand the gist of the case and provide you with guidance for the entire process while protecting your identity and keeping information absolutely discreet.

The Standard/General step involves:

  1. In India, for filing a police complaint relating to dowry death the act committed upon the wife must fall under the ingredients of Section 498 A (Cruelty) of the Indian Penal Code. 
  2. The police complaint has to be filed at any nearest police station where the complainant resides.
  3. After the selection of the required police station, an oral complaint has to be narrated and the police will record a detailed complaint in writing and obtain the complainant’s signature for acknowledgment.
  4. The detailed written complaint taken down by the police is known as an FIR which has to be registered to take cognizance of the offense.
  5. Once the FIR is registered, the police in accordance with the Act have to send a notice to the accused to record their statements followed by arrest.

Basic documents required include:

  • Emails 
  • Letters 
  • Telephonic conversations 
  • Audiovisual recording 
  • Text messages

What Shall You Obtain?

The process is undertaken by licensed legal practitioners and therefore shall be in your best interest. After the complaint registration is completed, the customer shall be given a complete copy of the complaint along with the certified supporting documents for each activity undertaken.

Duration Until Completion

The time frame to file a Dowry related police complaint extends up to a day for filing a complaint and the investigation followed by the arrest can take up to two or more weeks.*

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