Dear Dowry Victim:
I read your post and the responses in the chronological order. I got demoralized further and further going down the post until I came to Swetha, when I got a whiff of air.
In this forum most males are 498A or DV Act victims, members of SIFF or just plain male chauvinists. So do not expect sound advice from them. This may apply to your lawyer also, whether male or female.
You say you have complained under Sec 498A and DV Act. You have also stated that it is 6 months since you filed. Did you file the cases alone or with the assistance of your parents or other blood relations? What all have happened in these 6 months? Were your husband and in-laws arrested? Where is each one of them now? Are they out on bail? How long were they in lock-up or jail? What is your father-in-law? What is your husband? What is your father? Where are you now, in the matrimonial home or in your parental home? Are your parental home and matrimonial home in the same city, town or village? If not how far from each other are they? Are your parents and your brother, if you have one, help you to fight the case financially and otherwise?
Shwetha has answered most of your questions and has given you advice as to how to go about. In this country it is near impossible to get the guilty punished. That is the reason why our law makers have devised laws that will first punish the accused and then proceed against them and acquit them. So if your husband and in-laws had already been in jail, be happy even if they get acquitted in due course. You may have to spend money until the case is concluded. But your husband also is in the same boat. Your father-in-law advised you to give money to your husband as he needed that. I do not know why he needed money then. But now I know that he will need money not only to fight the case but also to finance all the links in the law enforcement chain. Are you going to give him money for that, certainly not?
You proceed at your own pace and don’t get disappointed if he was not punished in the end. He may have already got the punishment. If your husband comes for settlement, you not only recoup the money spent but also claim good compensation. Have you got a child? If so, claim his/her maintenance too.
I am sure that when you filed cases against your husband, you would have decided to part company with him. Or do you still hope to join him?
Some people are advising you to take things lying down and that your wisdom lies in that. If you also feel so, follow their advice.
I wish you good luck and justice. Finally I say that I am a male and not a female.