Government looking at amending Dowry Act, says Krishna Tirath
The government is mulling over a proposal to amend some provisions of Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 to prevent its misuse.
Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha on Friday, Krishna Tirath, Minister of State for Women and Child Development, said the government has a proposal for amendment to the Act to make it more effective and prevent its misuse.
The Minister said a large number of complaints and representations alleging misuse of the Act had been received.
These pertained to alleged harassment of husband and other family members for inflicting cruelty on account of dowry, using Section 498A of IPC.
Ms. Tirath told the House that for preventing the misuse of Section 498A, the government had issued an advisory to all the State governments and Union Territory Administrations in 2009. They have been advised to comply with the procedures laid down by the Supreme Court and that in cases of matrimonial disputes, the first recourse should be to effect conciliation and mediation between the warring spouses and their families.
The recourse to filing charges under Section 498A may be resorted to when conciliation fails and where there appears to be a prima facie case under Section 498A and other laws.