Concubine or Girlfriend Can’t Be Prosecuted Under 498A IPC

Earlier this week, Andhra Pradesh High Court ruled that only relatives of a husband by marriage or blood are liable for prosecution u/s 498A of IPC (Cruelty to Woman). While quashing the FIR against the petitioner, Justice Cheekati Manavendranath observed that a concubine or girlfriend, who is not connected by blood, is not a relative

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