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When the death of a woman within 7 years of her marriage was unnatural, i.e. caused by burns or injuries which are not ordinary and she had also suffered from cruelty or harassment because of demands for dowry, it is assumed that the husband or the relatives of the husband committed the crime of cruelty.
Death by suicide is also considered as a form of unnatural death.
If the above facts exist then the court will assume that the accused has committed the offence. The accused will then have to prove that she or he did not commit the offence.
The punishment for this crime is jailtime upto 3 years along with a fine.1