The woman hung on to a rope inside the well for two hours before the accused pulled her our, as per her complaint.
The court’s observations came while dismissing a woman’s appeal challenging a family court’s order granting a divorce decree in favour of her estranged husband on the grounds of cruelty.
Arju's father Dev Singh has accused her husband Mukesh of harassing his daughter over his dissatisfaction with the dowry he received during his marriage.
"On August 14, we received information that my daughter was unwell and is admitted to a private hospital. She died during treatment at another hospital," the parents of the deceased said.
The police have registered a case of dowry murder against six persons including the deceased woman's husband, father-in-law, and mother-in-law, based on a complaint filed by the deceased's father.
The state public prosecutor has asked the DGP to instruct police officials to avoid naming relatives of husbands in dowry harassment and cruelty to wife cases.
Jagatsinghpur police has arrested a man for allegedly attempting to kill his wife and three year-old-son over dowry demand.
The husband's family regularly harassed the victim for a dowry of Rs 50,000 and they allegedly set her on fire with some inflammable oil. She succumbed to burn injuries about a week later, police said
The complainant, Shashi Mishra has lodged a complaint with Harpur Budhat police against her husband and in-laws. A case has been registered and an investigation is on.
A separate case for dowry harassment has been filed and Sundari has been detained.
The counsel of the petitioner contended that the woman has filed a case as a counter to the legal notice sent to her.