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‘Ban police role in marital counselling’

http://www.hindu.com/2010/07/07/stories/2010070762420400.htm

“On the pretext of protecting women from harassment police are abusing the accused”

 — PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

Harassed lot:All India Forgotten Women’s Association president Uma Challa submitting a memorandum to

Hyderabad: All India Forgotten Women’s Association (AIFWA) on Tuesday demanded the government to ban police involvement in marital counselling as it is a civil matter. Police intervention in marital issues was leading to indiscriminate charges on the accused husband and his family members. On the pretext of “protecting women from cruelty and harassment”, police were abusing the accused, said AIFWA president Uma Challa.

“Nearly five cases are registered against men under IPC section 498 A, 406, 506 in each police station in the city every week. Most cases are baseless and women are misusing the rights provided to them under the Act,” says Mrs. Challa.

This apart, no accused person (man, woman or child) should be arrested based on a mere complaint. Proper investigation should be conducted and written approval of respective zonal Deputy Commissioner of Police should be obtained before arresting any accused person, she demanded.

Jail Bharo campaign

As part of the “Jail Bharo” campaign, AIFWA members in collaboration with All India Men’s Welfare Association staged demonstration at Women Police Station, Nampally in the morning. Later, raising slogans and holding placards, the members took out a procession from the Women Police Station to the Commissioner of Police Office, Basheerbagh.

The objective behind the campaign was freeing ordinary male citizens and the humiliation and suffering they undergo after being charged under Dowry Prohibition Act, the demonstrators said. More importantly, family members alleging “dowry torture” against a man, should be equally prosecuted since giving dowry is also a crime, she pointed out.

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