Dowry Deaths: Jammu Court urges Government to set up district-level marriage counselling centres

The court was dealing with an anticipatory bail application in a case involving allegations of dowry harassment against a woman whose daughter-in-law had died by suicide.
Dowry Deaths: Jammu Court urges Government to set up district-level marriage counselling centres

An Additional Sessions Court at Jammu recently called on the government to establish marriage counselling centers in all districts of Jammu and Kashmir to provide marriage and relationship counselling to couples and their families in view of the rising crimes related to dowry demands.

The counseling centers proposed should be entrusted with the responsibility of pre-marital and post-marital parleys between the families of the couple to ensure a harmonious and peaceful settlement of matrimonial misunderstandings, the court said.

"Keeping in view the gravity of this burgeoning crime in the society , through the medium of this order I convey my concern to the govt to establish marriage counseling Centers in every District , where especially before the celebration of marriage, the couples along with their family members be called to have parleys with the experts of the field who can guide them how to behave to each other in the new relationship, based on social , moral , ethical and religious sanctions," the order stated.

The court mooted the proposal while hearing an anticipatory bail plea moved by a woman accused of dowry harassment following the suicide of her daughter-in-law.

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