A. Your lawyer needs to upgrade her knowledge. The only relevance of the 7 year period in law is – If a woman died under un-natural circumstances before completion of 7 years, then it is assumed to be a dowry death, and the onus shifts on the accused to prove his innocence. 498-A can be filed at any time, even after 70 years of marriage. Having said that, you might wish to read Cr.P.C. 467/ 468 that talks about period of limitation, but that is the period elapsed since the alleged offense.