Keeping daughter-in-law's jewelry with you for security is not cruelty, Supreme Court's decision

New Delhi:The Supreme Court has said that keeping daughter-in-law's jewellery with her for security cannot be treated as cruelty under Section 498A of the IPC. A bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and JK Maheshwari said that failure to instruct the independent adult brother to control or coordinate with his sister-in-law to avoid protest cannot be treated as cruelty to the bride under Section 498A of the IPC.

In addition, Section 498A of the IPC empowers a woman to file a case against a husband or husband's relative under cruelty. It was under this that a woman filed a case of cruelty against her husband and in-laws. The Supreme Court made the remarks while hearing an appeal against the Punjab and Haryana High Court order. The high court had rejected a petition seeking permission from the woman's husband to return to the US. The woman's husband works in the US.

State that the High Court had rejected the man's prayer to leave the country as he was an accused along with his elder brother and parents under sections 323 (intentional injury), 34 (general intention), 406 (criminal betrayal), sections 420 (cheating) 498A and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. A bench of the apex court in its order said that keeping the jewellery with it for security reasons cannot be termed as cruelty under Section 498A of the IPC.

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