A Delhi court discharged a man who was accused of causing his wife’s death due to carelessness in taking medical care. The wife was found unconscious within a month of living with her husband in Delhi and later declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
Additional Sessions Judge Arun Sukhija said that as per the postmortem report, the wife died due to ‘pulmonary edema’ – a disease of prolonged chronic infection in the liver and spleen. The doctor’s assessment stated that the condition potentially developed two to three months before her death when she was unmarried and living with her father.
The judge also noted that when the wife visited a healthcare professional in June 2012, the doctor was unable to detect that she was facing a critical health issue.
Addressing the question of whether there was gross negligence by the husband, the judge said, “No doubt, there may be some negligence on the part of petitioner that he has not taken the version of the complainant seriously at that time, however, it is the human nature to console the person (his father-in-law) who is sitting far away (so) that he will not worry about the health of his daughter.”
“This Court is of the considered view that suspicion cannot take the place of grave suspicion and prima facie, this Court is of the view that no ingredients of Section 304A IPC ( causing death due to negligence) are made out against the petitioner”, the sessions judge said.
The couple got married in June 2009, but they started living together on May 30, 2012. The wife died on July 2, 2012,
The father of the deceased registered an FIR against the husband and his family members under Sections 498 A (husband or husband’s relative subjecting a woman to cruelty), 304 A ( causing death due to negligence), and 34 (common intention) of the IPC.
(With inputs from PTI)
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