If no exchange of articles has taken place then: 1. Is the same fact taken on paper or whether any proof/evidence pertaining to same exists. If proof exists then in the event if your daughter-in-law(DL) files a complaint under Sec. 498A, then 406 will not be applicable, meaning the section for dowry and breach of trust won' t be applied; which becomes a critical hurdle in securing the bail; 2. if your DL is threatening you for filling a false dowry case under sec. 498A, then you may approach the local police station and get an n.c. registered stating the facts on which the threat is being issued. And, further if there is any complaint against or inquiry against you/family for pressing 498A, then you and your family members can seek anticipatory bail based on the n.c. filed. Usually, if the FIR is not filed the sessions and high court do not permit anticipatory bail. 3. However, if there is perceived threat of getting arrested, then the session/high court can grant 48/72 hours anticipatory bail, in an event, if in future a FIR against you/family may be filed. However, you would have to convincingly prove that your fundamental right would be violated. An important landmark judgment in this matter is Geeta Mehrotra & Anr. vs State Of U.P. & Anr. on 17 October, 2012, which may be cited in seeking anticipatory bail from sessions/high court. Hope I answered your questions. Please let me know should there be any need for further clarifications. Thanks, Adv. Feroz Shaikh.