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Request for Karnataka Circular – Principal Secretary to Government

21th July 2010



Shri Shivakumar K M ,
Principal Secretary to Government
Home Department, Room No.222, II Floor
Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore-560 001


Subject: Request to issue a Circular for the “Karnataka Police” based on the Advisory issued by “Union Ministry of Home Affairs” to “Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka” and on the line of Circular issued by “Maharashtra Government”.


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.

Dear Sir,

Taking acknowledgement of the rampant misuse of the 498A IPC, “Union Ministry of Home Affairs” had issued an Advisory to the “Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka” dated 20-October-2009 vide no 3/5/2008-Judl Cell. The said Advisory is attached herewith as an Annexure A.

Acting on the said Advisory of the “Union Ministry of Home Affairs”, various State Governments have started issuing circulars to its police department to comply with the said Advisory. Please find attached one such circular issued by the “Maharashtra Government” as Annexure B.

Main highlights of the circular issued by the “Maharashtra Government” are below.

  • Police should not arrest the accused without a warrant.
  • Police should conduct a preliminary inquiry before filing a First Information Report (FIR)
  • Police told to first verify the complaint before registering it


The media coverage related to the circular issued by the “Maharashtra Government” is attached herewith as Annexure C (Mumbai Mirror), Annexure D (Times of India) and Annexure E (Afternoon Despatch).

In the light of above facts we, National Family Harmony Society® request to issue a similar circular for the “Karnataka Police” so that heavy misuse of the 498A IPC can be curbed and innocent husbands and his family members who are being implicated in the false cases can get some respite and relief.

We are available at any time of your convenience to have discussion with you on this subject matter.

P Suresh, President,


National Family Harmony Society

Categories: IAS
  1. SRSwarnkar
    July 23, 2010 at 6:47 am

    In above line we at Chhattisgarh, too shall address to the concerned Secretaries.
    This is good beginning to check for the police action in collusion with the errant wife/ DIL.

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