Can’t frame guidelines on FIRs for dowry harassment cases: SC

Can’t frame guidelines on FIRs for dowry harassment cases: SC

New Delhi, Nov 29: The Supreme Court Wednesday said it does not intend to frame guidelines for the police regarding registration of FIRs on subjecting a married woman to cruelty for dowry, as the process has to be governed by statutory provisions.
A bench, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, apparently disagreed with the guidelines framed by a two-judge bench on how to proceed in dowry harassment cases and said it would hear the matter in the third week of January next year.
“Who are we to decide as to how the police will register an FIR under section 498-A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) of the IPC. There cannot be any guidelines on FIR registration under section 498-A and it has to be guided as per the Indian Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
“Section 498-A is in the statute book and the law will take its own course. We do not intend to frame any guideline,” the bench observed.