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Remedies under Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) if a husband and his relatives are wrongly accused of cruelty and dowry harassment| New Criminal laws

Updated: Feb 16

A husband or husband's relatives who are wrongly accused of cruelty or dowry harassment can face anxieties and trouble for no fault of them.


In this brief article, we will examine the remedies for such individuals under Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS), which is the new criminal law of India:


- Section 217 of the BNS says that if someone makes a false claim to the police to get another person in trouble, they can go to jail for up to 1 year or pay a fine or both.


- Section 216 of the BNS says that if someone makes a false claim in court, knowing it is a lie, they can go to jail for up to three years and pay a fine.


- Section 229(1) of the BNS says that if someone gives false evidence against someone in the court of law, they can face imprisonment for up to seven years and pay a fine of maximum 10,000 INR.


- Section 356 of the BNS says that if someone says or writes something defamatory about another person, to damage their reputation, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both or with community service.


- Husband or husband's relatives who are wrongly accused of cruelty or dowry harassment can also sue the accuser for compensation under civil law for defamation, malicious prosecution, and mental pain .


- They can also approach the Supreme Court if the High Court does not provide the relief of quashing the FIR or the charge sheet. A Special Leave Petition can be filed in Supreme Court under Article 136 of Indian Constitution.


Remedies under Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) if a husband and his relatives are wrongly accused of cruelty and dowry harassment| New Criminal laws




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