MYSORE: The fourth additional (senior division) and CJM court has sentenced a lieutenant colonel and his parents to five years and three years’ jail term, respectively, in a dowry case and fine of Rs 3.2 lakh.
Assistant public prosecutor (APP) S Shivakumar said that judge Dinesh Hegde convicted army officer Shashidar and his parents Lingappa and Parvathamma, residents of Bangalore, for subjecting a women to cruelty and criminal intimidation under IPC and under provisions of Dowry Prohibition Act and awarded the jail term.
Renuka, a resident of Mysore, had filed a case of dowry harassment against husband Shashidar and her in-laws in 2009 at Mysore women’s police station.
The court awarded two-year jail term and fined Rs 25,000 for cruelty and six-month jail term and fined Rs 5,000 for criminal intimidation. Shashidar, the main accused, was given five years in jail and fined Rs 1.5 lakh for taking dowry at the time of the wedding. His parents were given three-year jail term and fined Rs 25,000 each.
The trio was also awarded a term of six months in jail and fined Rs 5,000 each for demanding more dowry and additional six months’ jail and fined Rs 5,000 each for not returning the dowry.
The court has ruled that the fine amount, which adds up to Rs 3.2 lakh, should be given to Renuka. The prison sentences will run concurrently.
APP S Shivakumar said Renuka, daughter of Marilingaiah, a resident of TK Layout, was married to Shashidar at a choultry in Bangalore in December 2001. Three days ahead of the wedding, the trio demanded a car from Marilingaiah, but later settled for Rs 50,000 through a mediator.
Ever since the wedding, the trio had been harassing Renuka for money and property. The family also invaded her privacy. She was served salty and spicy food. She was also treated cruelly during her pregnancy and postpartum period. Their child was not looked after properly by the family.
Shashidar was an officer at Maratha Light Infantry, the APP said.