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P R E S S R E L E A S E – Stop arbitrary arrests using 498A

P R E S S    R E L E A S E

Subject: National Family Harmony Society demands to stop arbitrary arrests of ordinary law-abiding citizens under IPC Sections 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act and related women centric laws. Memorandum in this regard had been sent today to sixteen constitutional authorities including Prime Minister, President, Chairman-Rajya Sabha, Speaker-Lok Sabha, Chairperson-NHRC, Chief Justice of India, Union Home Minister, Home Minister of Karnataka, Chairperson-SHRC, DGP-Karnataka, COP-Bangalore, Union Law Minister, Karnataka Law Minister, Chief Justice of Karnataka, Governor of Karnataka and Chief Minister of Karnataka.

 

About National Family Harmony Society®: “National Family Harmony Society® NFHS is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) promoting the cause of “family harmony” and “gender equality”. It is registered under “The Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960” and is based in Bangalore. We have branches in more than 16 states and in abroad too. We have approximately 14500 members all over India. To know more about us please visit http://www.family-harmony.org / http://www.498a.org.in.

 

The memorandums are available at the following links:

Regarding arbitrary arrests under 498A IPC – Union Home Minister

https://498amisuse.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/regarding-arbitrary-arrests-under-498a-ipc-union-home-minister/

Regarding arbitrary arrests under 498A IPC – Chief Minister – Karnataka

https://498amisuse.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/regarding-arbitrary-arrests-under-498a-ipc-chief-minister-%e2%80%93-karnataka/

Regarding arbitrary arrests under 498A IPC – Governor – Karnataka

https://498amisuse.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/regarding-arbitrary-arrests-under-498a-ipc-governor-%e2%80%93-karnataka/

Regarding arbitrary arrests under 498A IPC – Prime Minister

https://498amisuse.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/regarding-arbitrary-arrests-under-498a-ipc-%e2%80%93-prime-minister/

Regarding arbitrary arrests under 498A IPC – President

https://498amisuse.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/regarding-arbitrary-arrests-under-498a-ipc-%e2%80%93-president/

Regarding arbitrary arrests under 498A IPC – Law Minister – Centre

https://498amisuse.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/regarding-arbitrary-arrests-under-498a-ipc-%e2%80%93-law-minister-centre/

Regarding arbitrary arrests under 498A IPC – CJK

https://498amisuse.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/2136/

Regarding arbitrary arrests under 498A IPC – CJI

https://498amisuse.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/regarding-arbitrary-arrests-under-498a-ipc-%e2%80%93-cji/

Regarding arbitrary arrests under 498A IPC – COP

https://498amisuse.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/regarding-arbitrary-arrests-under-498a-ipc-%e2%80%93-cop/

Regarding arbitrary arrests under 498A IPC – DGP

https://498amisuse.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/regarding-arbitrary-arrests-under-498a-ipc-%e2%80%93-dgp/

Regarding arbitrary arrests under 498A IPC – SHRC

https://498amisuse.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/regarding-arbitrary-arrests-under-498a-ipc-%e2%80%93-shrc/

Regarding arbitrary arrests under 498A IPC – NHRC

https://498amisuse.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/regarding-arbitrary-arrests-under-498a-ipc-%e2%80%93-nhrc/

Regarding arbitrary arrests under 498A IPC – Home Minister – Karnataka

https://498amisuse.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/regarding-arbitrary-arrests-under-498a-ipc-%e2%80%93-home-minister-karnataka/

Regarding arbitrary arrests under 498A IPC – Law Minister – Karnataka

https://498amisuse.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/regarding-arbitrary-arrests-under-498a-ipc-%e2%80%93-law-minister-%e2%80%93-karnataka/

Regarding arbitrary arrests under 498A IPC – Lok Sabha Speaker

https://498amisuse.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/regarding-arbitrary-arrests-under-498a-ipc-%e2%80%93-lok-sabha-speaker/

Regarding arbitrary arrests under 498A IPC – Rajya Sabha Chairperson

https://498amisuse.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/regarding-arbitrary-arrests-under-498a-ipc-%e2%80%93-rajya-sabha-chairperson/

 

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has noted the misuse of dowry laws, arrest of innocent individuals and the resultant overcrowding of prisons. NHRC has urged the judiciary and law enforcement agencies to take measures against these abuses. High Courts across the country and the Supreme Court have condemned the misuse of dowry laws. The Commissioner of Police, Bangalore had issued standing instructions vide memo to check arbitrary arrests. The DGP, Karnataka has also issued a circular to implement 11 guidelines issued by Honorable Supreme Court of India regarding arrests and detention of Individuals in Cr WP No. 539/1986 and Cr WP No.592/1987. By taking note of the heavy misuse of the 498A IPC, recently on October 20, 2009, Union Ministry of Home Affairs had issued an advisory to all the state Governments and Union Territories. National Commission of Human Rights also has issued guidelines regarding arrests. 

OUR Demands:

 

  • Stop the heavy misuse of Gender Biased laws such as 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act and related laws.
  • No arrest before Final Judgment/Order in case of a complaint under 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act and related laws.
  • Implement recommendations of Law Commission and “Malimath committee” to make 498A bailable.
  • Bring in amendment to stop arbitrary arrest of elderly persons, children and pregnant sisters.
  • Punishment for those filing false cases under 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act and related laws. 
  • Bring in amendments to make IPC 498A “Gender Neutral” so that those husbands and in-laws who are harassed can also make complaint under this IPC section. 
  • Ban involvement of police in “Matrimonial Disputes”

 

For more information please contact

P Suresh, President,                                           M Mahesh, General Secretary,

9880141531                                                      9731569970

National Family Harmony Society                          National Family Harmony Society

You are also requested to visit

www.498a.org.in / www.family-harmony.org / https://498amisuse.wordpress.com/

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