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Centre homes in on Sec 498A of IPC as men plead for cover against harassment law

Home Ministry writes to Dashrath Devda of Akhil Bhartiya Patni Atyachar Virodhi Sangh, says Law Commission is looking into it

 

Following hundreds of applications from men peeved over the alleged misuse of Section 498A of Indian Penal Code (IPC) meant to protect women, the judicial cell of Union home ministry has issued an advisory to state governments “to take effective measures for prevention of misuse of the legal provision” and also referred the matter to the Law Commission “to study the usage of the provision to suggest amendment, if any”.

Section 498A of the IPC provides protection to married women against harassment from their husbands and in-laws. Under the provision, police can arrest any member of a woman’s in-laws’ family against whom she makes an allegation of harassment.

The Section reads, “Whoever, being the husband or the relative of the husband of a woman, subjects such woman to cruelty shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine.”

 

The Union home ministry has conveyed the development in a letter to Ahmedabad-based men’s rights activist Dashrath Devda, who has been fighting for an amendment in Section 498A of the IPC.

Devda heads Akhil Bhartiya Patni Atyachar Virodhi Sangh (All India Federation Against Atrocities by Wives), an organisation based in Ahmedabad.

He had unsuccessfully staged a hunger strike in Delhi against the alleged pro-women laws, including Section 498A of the IPC.

To press his demand, he had also filed a public interest litigation in the HC, which dismissed the plea and fined him while calling his petition frivolous.

Subsequently, Devda submitted a memorandum in this regard to the authorities in Delhi. As a reply, he has now received the letter from the judicial cell of the Union home ministry.

The letter reads, “An advisory has been issued to be state governments by this Ministry to take effective measures for prevention of misuse of Section 498A of the IPC. The matter has also been referred to Law Commission of India to study the usage of Section 498A of IPC and suggest amendments, if any, to the provision.”

Sources in the Union home ministry said they receive a number of applications with reference to the alleged misuse of section 498A of IPC. On the basis of 200-250 such applications, they had referred the matter to the Law Commission in 2009, they said, adding that in 2010, the ministry again referred the matter to the Law Commission for a comprehensive study of the grievances and to suggest amendment, if any. Subsequently, the Law Commission had demanded related data from the state governments.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/centre-homes-in-on-sec-498a-of-ipc-as-men-plead-for-cover-against-harassment-law/834552/0

 

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  1. Amanjot kaur
    April 5, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Many of the people are misusing this law sec 498a and many families which are inocent are being harassed. My family is also a victim of this issue. My mama ji was married on 10 july 2013 nd after 2 months of the marriage problems started appearing. After 8 months then this time when a baby girl entered the family our family was totally harassed by the girls family on the fact that they will nt give us our baby nd the baby was premature all the expenses were done by my mama ji and he and the whole family was not allowed to see the baby. After 1 month they took our baby along to there place nd after 1 and half month the baby died. After that all issues were very mingled . Then in october they filed a case in bathinda where they use to live 30 years earlier nd not in the town to which all residential proof of her own and her family belonged that is mohali now since that time we are harassed nd they still live her in mohali but the case is working out in bathinda . We are also warned about that they will kill us in bathinda. No one is helping us .we have all valid proof of everthing. Hope you will give us a way out.

  2. jaswant singh chopra
    May 19, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    meri sadi 5.5.2011ko hue th meri patni ne jan.2012 me mere dahej ka kes mhila cell me kr dya do tin tariko me phala ho gya ham dono ne dobara hsi khusi apni jindgi suru krdi .april 2013 me phr choki me mere khilaph dahej ka kes kr diya phir hatha jod kr phala kiya likin meri patni mere sath rhne ko rjamd nahi hue kuchh din bad phor tala ka kes mhila cell me kr dya phir hath jodr phsla kiya ab tk 4 bar kes kr chuki h .par ab bhi hm algalg rhte h .hmari ek beti bhi h .please help me sir

  3. jaswant singh chopra
    May 19, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    meri sadi 5.5.2011ko hue th meri patni ne jan.2012 me mere dahej ka kes mhila cell me kr dya do tin tariko me phala ho gya ham dono ne dobara hsi khusi apni jindgi suru krdi .april 2013 me phr choki me mere khilaph dahej ka kes kr diya phir hatha jod kr phala kiya likin meri patni mere sath rhne ko rjamd nahi hue kuchh din bad phor tala ka kes mhila cell me kr dya phir hath jodr phsla kiya ab tk 4 bar kes kr chuki h .par ab bhi hm algalg rhte h .hmari ek beti bhi h .please help me sir 9991510325

  4. mitesh
    October 28, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    saalo se rehte ate huye logo ko konsi kalam lagti he

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