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SC makes Boy’s Family pay Rs.1.5 Lakh compensation to Girl’s Family for breaking Engagement


Boy’s Family asked to reimburse Girl’s Family of the expenses incurred.

Cost of Engagement
Cost of Engagement

Supreme Court on Friday made a Delhi man realise that breaking off the marriage alliance after enjoying the engagement party at the girl’s expenses at her place had made them liable to reimburse the cost.

In 2012, a Government Doctor had finalised the marriage of his son, who was in the real estate business, with a girl from Thane in Maharashtra.

The engagement ceremony, or `Roka’, took place in Delhi on June 8, 2012. The girl’s parents spent lavishly on entertaining the prospective groom’s family and friends.

But the alliance was called off by the Boy’s Family claiming that Girl’s Family had hidden certain facts about her. Girl’s Parents enraged by the turn of events, filed a case under Section 420 (Cheating) of IPC against the boy and his father in Thane.

The Father and Son had sought anticipatory bail from a Thane Court which, as the mediation proceedings, had asked them to pay Rs 1.50 lakh to girl’s parents as reimbursement towards the expenses that they had incurred on the `Roka’ ceremony.

While the boy’s family claimed that they had spent about Rs 4.50 lakh for the ceremony. Nonetheless,the trial court asked them to compensate the girl’s family.

The money was paid by the Boy’s Family but the Girl’s family didn’t withdrew the case.

A petition for Quashing of the case was filed by the Boy’s Family but Bombay High Court refused to quash the case.

Senior Advocate Rana Mukherjee, while appearing before the Apex Court Bench of Justices J.S Khehar and Justice Arun Mishra stated that  once the Girl’s Family had been compensated for their expenses, there was absolutely no question of any cheating in the matter, it was simply a case of a prospective matrimonial alliance going sour.

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