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August 26 1997

Despite powers, Delhi fails to appoint officers to check dowry

New Delhi : Ten Years after an amendment to the Dowry Prohibition Act empowering the State Government to appoint Dowry Prohibition Officers, it is still the police which is doing the job through crime against women cells.

Acting on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in this regard, the Delhi High Court asked the city Police Commissioner on Friday to reply to the petition by October 22.

The PIL, filed by Dr Dowry Prohibition Act, which was introduced in 1986, empowered the State Government to "appoint as many Dowry Prohibition Officers as it think fit and specify the areas in which they shall exercise their jurisdiction and powers".

The act also provided for appointment of an advisory board consisting of a maximum of five social workers, out of which at least two shall be women, to give specialist opinion to Dowry Prohibition Officers.

(The Indian Express)

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