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Shri Rakesh Naithani, Joint Director, Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi – 110001 Tel: 011-23035433 (O), Fax: 011-23794328

Subject: Comments/Suggestions regarding amendment to section 498A of the IPC.




I have come to know that a committee has been formed by Rajya Sabha to consider amendments to the 498A IPC in view of its rampant misuse. I am myself a victim of misuse of this law.

Sir, I would like to point out that this law was made in 1984 with a view to protect women but unfortunately this law has been misused to harass and torture women only.

It is a known fact that just on a complaint of a wife her mother-in-law and sister-in-law are arrested and sent to jail. This is also a matter of common knowledge that in most of the jails the majority of the women under-trials are lodged there due to false complaint by there daughter-in-law.

This IPC section is so cruel that is assumes that all daughter-in-law are sati savitri and all mother-in-law are bad. Whereas the truth is that today’s women are highly educated and socially and financially independent and empowered and they do not care or respect their in-laws.

It will be utter foolishness to assume that a 25-30 year old daughter-in-law who is physically strong can be harassed by mother-in-law who is old and senior citizen. Unfortunately this law does not give any scope to such mother-in-law who are victim of Domestic violence at the hands of their cruel daughter-in-law.

I think in view of rampant misuse the time has come now for making suitable amendments to 498A IPC.


In this regard I suggest following to the Honorable committee of Rajya Sabha for their kind consideration:

  1. Provide protection to age old and helpless mother-in-law who are victim of cruelty of daughter-in-law.
  2. No arrests of sister-in-law who are staying separately and are married.
  3. Do not treat the complaint of wife as gospel of truth without evidence.


Your sincerely








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  1. Sunil Dhiwa
    December 18, 2010 at 5:16 am

    Why Not the Punishment for False 498a Cases
    Same as like in 498a for man

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