Panel seeks public opinion on dowry law
JAIPUR: The Law Commission of India has started the process of collating public opinion and also record the views of officals on the reported misuse of Section 498-A of IPC — dealing with dowry harassment — in the state.
Justice Shiv Kumar Sharma, member, Law Commission, had a series of meetings on Thursday with the NGOs, stakeholders and others in Jaipur.
The commission has initiated the process in an effort to save innocent husbands or relatives from unnecessary humiliation by way of false cases of dowry demand filed by women. The process started after the commission recevied a detailed note in this regard from the Union law ministry.
A meeting was held under the banner of SATYA – an NGO, in Jaipur on Friday where social activists and members of NGO interacted with Justice Sharma. Advocate Abhinav Sharma, member, Supreme Court Bar Association, had been appointed as coordination officer of Law Commission in Rajasthan for the purpose of collecting quantifiable data with regard to abuse of Section 498-A of IPC and honour killing.
“Instances of cruelty including cases of dowry harassment are presently non-balilable and non-compundable offences under Section 498-A of IPC and there has been a crying demand from various corners including recent orders of Supreme Court which suggested an amendment in the provision. The meeting has been held with various stakeholders on Thursday and the coordination officer will now compile the data for the commission,” said Justice Sharma.
“We took opinion of NGOs as also women activists. We have also approached DGP and other officials of department of home and we have been told that the state police is not interested in participating in the thought process with the Law Commission right now but is willing to implement the amendments in Section 498-A of IPC if suggested and made,” added Justice Sharma.