Plea on dowry: SC says Issues in legislature domain

The SC on Monday cited a ‘restraints’ on its jurisdiction and said that the petitioners seeking guidelines to discourage dowry in India that the matter was in the domain of the legislature. A bench headed by Justice D.Y.Chandrachud said that no benefit comes out of the matter issuing notices to centre and state government. He also mentioned that the potential difficulties such as access, for making a pre marriage certificate compulsory for all people across the country.

Giving petitioners Liberty to approach commission, Justice A.S.Bopanna said that “during the course of the hearing, the court has indicated that the reliefs which have been sought pertain to the realm of legislative policy, hence there are restraints on the jurisdiction of this court under article 32of the Indian constitution…. At the same time, a dialogue on considering what measures would support the existing legislation can be initiated. It is in this backdrop that we are of the view that it may be appropriate if the law commission of India consider the issue”.

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