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NRI husband offers 32 lakh rupees (about US$ 48,000) to settle dowry case

A few months ago there was news from Indian supreme court on enforcement of anti-dowry law ("Indian Supreme Court says: women 'misusing' dowry law" ). In an interesting twist, an Indian woman lodged a First Information Report (FIR) against her husband and mother-in-law at Dattawadi police station in India under various provisions of the IPC for offences including dowry harassment (section 498A) and assault (section 323).

Based on the FIR a lookout notice was issued against the mother and son by the deputy director, Indian Bureau of Immigration. Apprehending arrest if they returned to India, the two approached the Mumbai High Court seeking relief.

The NRI husband had approached the High Court to 'settle' the case offering 31.6 lakh rupees (about US$ 48,000) and returning the wife's personal belongings, including silver utensils, that was left back in her matrimonial home in America.

As per media account (link), a division bench of Justice Ranjit More and …

Indian police find it tough to corner NRI husbands

An article in Deccan Chronicle highlights how Hyderabad police are "having a hard time dealing with cases of domestic violence and dowry harassment reported by women whose husbands are non-resident Indians (NRIs).  One hundred such cases, the maximum number in the city, have been reported so far this year in the south zone. As per guidelines issued by the Supreme Court, counselling should be the first course of action when dealing with dowry-related cases."

The Author of the article adds:

“As soon as a case is registered, the husband, if at all he is in the city, escapes to his workplace, which is usually in the Middle East. He does not come back for two to three years, or even longer. Until then, his wife is deprived of justice,” he says.  G. Laxmi Madhavi,  Inspector of the Women’s Police Station (South Zone), says that the men often come to the police along with their advocates, intent on divorcing their wives.

“Though it is a strenuous job, we try to unite the couple in…