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New law proposes 5-year jail time for false dowry case

  • Published at 05:40 pm June 25th, 2018
  • Last updated at 10:01 pm June 25th, 2018
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The draft law has been prepared rearranging the original Dowry Prohibition Act, 1980 and its subsequent amendments

People found to have filed a false dowry case will face up to five years in jail under a proposed new law placed before parliament on Monday

"The Dowry Prohibition Bill, 2018" tabled by State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki was sent for examination by the respective parliamentary standing committee, which must report back within 30 days.

As per the new provision of the proposed law cleared by the cabinet on May 7, the punishment for filing any false case will be a maximum of five years imprisonment, a maximum Tk50,000 fine, or both.

The draft law has been prepared rearranging the original Dowry Prohibition Act, 1980 and its subsequent amendments.

Another provision in the proposed revised law has been added only to specify the financial penalty for demanding or giving dowry, as this is not specified in the existing law.

The maximum punishments are the same as for filing a false case.