Delhi Police Instructions On Registering Dowry Cases

This is sourced from the SIF repository.

This circular stems from the Smt Neera Singh Judgment of Justice Dhingra.

Here is the pdf of the circular: Delhi Police Instructions On Registering Dowry Cases

Here is the text:

CIRCULAR No. 7/2007
The Hon’ble High Court of Delhi while dealing with Criminal Misc. Nos. 7108 and 7262 of 2006 under Section 482 CrP.C., has laid down guidelines to be followed for investigation and trial of cases under section 498/A IPC, dowry, cases etc. The main -guidelines to be followed are as follows :-
1. Where allegations, are made that dowry has been given as a consideration for marriage, the list in terms of Rule 2 of the Dowry Prohibition (Maintenance of lists of Presents to the Bride and Bridegroom) Rules, 1985 must be insisted upon by the Investigating Officer.
2. Where there is expenditure of a huge amount of money without disclosing the source of income, police should insist upon compliance of Rule 2 of Dowry Prohibition (Maintenance of lists of Presents to the Bride and Bridegroom) Rules, 1985 (photocopy enclosed) and should not entertain any complaint if the rules have not been complied with.
3. In case a grown up and well educated women gets married to a person despite a demand for dowry, she and her family members also become accomplices under section 3 of the Dowry Prohitiion Act, 1961. Appropriate action should be taken against them.
4. If the compliant is against every member of the family of husband, the allegations cannot be taken at their face value and need to be scrutinized carefully.
All the investigating Officers and supervising officers must ensure strict compliance of the above mentioned instructions.



7 Responses to “Delhi Police Instructions On Registering Dowry Cases”

  1. 1 RAJEEV KUMAR SHARMA July 23, 2010 at 7:05 am

    my ex wife advocate and her father also advocate they have fasle cr. case on me and my family members but crime women cell and pandav nagar police can not fir lodged against her and her parents becasue she admitted they give dowery so under sec crpc 3 she accused and her parents accused and she in under practice in courts and claim maintenace last seven year i.e. on from 2003 please guide me sir


  2. 2 Samir Jha October 17, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Please note that police is under legal obligation to register an FIR in any cognizable offence u/s 154 Cr.P.C.

    If Police is not registering your case, then you should approach the concerned magistrate u/s 156(3) for direction to the concerned SHO for registering FIR u/s 3 of Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 as the same is cognizable.

    You can give reference of the cases of Smt. Neera Singh decided by Hon’ble High Court of Delhi. And thereafter, many other such cases taking place near Delhi and NCR.

    revert for any clarification.


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  4. 4 Sachin April 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Please suggest a good Lawyer in Delhi who can help in such case


    • 5 Khan July 31, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      I saw once on india tv dated 1-2-2007, He was one of the pannel member invited by the india tv, And the Topic was on Divorce and 498A etc etc i think so…
      His name is MR.TAHER MEHAMOOD he is a Superim Court Lawyer i think. whatever he too is in Delhi, So better u first consult him personally and take his advice/openion and guidence etc.
      Inshallah he will solve your problem.


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