The Supreme Court observed on Monday that the persistence of social evil like dowry requires much broader consideration and asked the law committee to consider the suggestions in a plea.
Lawyer VK Biju argued before a bench led by Judge DY Chandrachud that a similar issue is pending before another bench in the higher court, on which an opinion was issued on November 8, and added that the court may consider to publish a notice on at least one of the prayers in the petition.
The bench, which also includes AS Bopanna, told Biju, representing petitioners Sabu Steephen and others, that the Legal Committee may consider suggestions to strengthen the dowry ban law – to make it more effective – instead of the court giving an opinion on the matter. . Biju pointed out that educated people give children so much jewelry and gold, and the children of everyday bets are suffering. The bench said it agrees that the issue raised in the advocacy is important, which requires everyone’s awareness.
Justice Chandrachud added that the plea raised a very important grievance, but these are issues the legislature must decide imminently – to give the law more bite. He cited the SC / ST law, which has been amended several times to give it more bite.
The bench noted that the petitioners pointed out that on the one hand, Parliament intervened by enacting laws in terms of penal provisions such as Articles 304B and 498A of the IPC and the Dowry Prohibition Act. , 1961 and through the formation of the National Commission for Women. , yet the persistence of social evil requires a fresh look on the part of the authorities concerned to give more bite to the legislation.
The bench said: “We are of the opinion that it may be appropriate for the Legal Commission of India to consider the matter from all angles. The petitioner is free to submit a research note on all relevant aspects for the benefit of the law commission within which new measures to examine the scope of legislative reforms can be duly considered ”.
The highest court heard a plea from two social activists and a lawyer practicing at the Supreme Court seeking certain concrete directions to curb the social evil of the dowry.