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Protest over proposal of “Ministry of Women and Child Development” to offer tax rebates to divorced women

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29th Jan 2016

Bangalore

To,

The Hon’ble President,

Rashtrapati Bhavan                                            

New Delhi – 110 004

Phone: 011 23015321

Subject: Protest over proposal of “Ministry of Women and Child Development” to offer tax rebates to divorced women.

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,

We saw recent article in a section of media that “Ministry of Women and Child Development” has sent a proposal to the Finance ministry to offer tax rebates to divorced women.

  1. If tax rebates are offered to “senior citizens” OR to those family who sacrificed their life for nation OR to those “physically disabled” then we can fully understand the intention of the government. But to offer tax rebates to divorced women is bizarre.
  2. On the contrary, we should do every-thing to discourage the phenomenon of Divorce in the society but the proposal seems to be encouraging Divorces.
  3. Just curious to know, why every proposal from Ministry of women and child development seems to be focusing on women and not for child development? And in the context of women also they seems to be focusing only of divorced women or young daughter-in-law. The older mother-in-law are not women?
  4. The very thought of proposal of tax benefit to women who have broken family is very funny. Law must be made in such a way that our culture and traditions of years are protected and safeguarded. Already due to the onslaught of western culture it is very rare to see Joint Families, which are replaced by nuclear families. If government will make such laws of giving benefit to divorced women then indirectly breaking of families will be accelerated.
  5. Already there are five laws in India by which women can claim alimony, property and monthly maintenance from Ex Husband. Is that not enough that this new proposal is being brought.
  6. In this modern era we should make laws which are “Gender Neutral”. There are thousands of farmers who end their life unable to pay loans, let’s give tax break to them instead of well earning women.
  7. If I recall correctly then women are exempted to pay tax till 3 lakh per annum that works out to be 25,000/- INR per month. Is it logical to give tax break to people earning 25K?
  8. A divorced women may be getting 10 lakh per annum and a poor man getting 3 lakh per annum. Who deserve tax break in this case?

DEMAND

We demand your intervention and direction to Finance Ministry not to accept any such proposal from “Ministry of Women and Child Development”. Kindly send this petition for the kind consideration of Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitely.

P Suresh, President, 9880141531

National Family Harmony Society

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NFHS MEMO to President Regarding misrepresentation of facts by Minister for WCD on “Protection of women from domestic violence act”

19th Aug 2011/ Bangalore

To,

Honorable President of India,

President’s Office,

Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi – 110011

 

Subject: Regarding misrepresentation of facts by Minister for WCD on “Protection of women from domestic violence act”

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 16500 members all over India. To know more about us please visit http://www.family-harmony.org / http://www.498a.org.in.

Dear Madam,

 

We want to register our strong protest against the gross mis-representation of data by Union women and child development minister Krishna Tirath in the Lok Sabha on 19th August2011. Kindly refer to the below news article.

 

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/184815/40-percent-married-women-face.html

As per this news, the minister has informed the Lok Sabha that a total of 5,788 cases were registered under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act in 2007, 5,643 cases in 2008 and 7,802 in 2009. And she goes on to conclude that only women are victim of Domestic Violence and that 40% of married women suffer domestic violence.

The factual position lakhs of Husbands are victim of Domestic violence and cruelty from their wives. If we look at the data of family courts in different part of country then, lakhs of husbands all over India have got divorce from their wife under section 13(ia) i.e. divorce on the ground of cruelty. That is a clear indication that husbands are also victim of cruelty and domestic violence at the hands of their wives. The irony is that under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, only WOMEN can file complaint and there is no provision for MEN to file complaint under the said Act against their wife.

Under such circumstances the answer given by the Minister to the Lok Sabha is totally misleading, distortion and misrepresentation of facts. First of all Government has made no attempt to collect any kind of data regarding violence from WOMEN to MEN. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act has been enacted by the parliament assuming that only WOMEN can be victims of Domestic Violence which is totally misconceived.

When only WOMEN can file a complaint under the said Act and there is no provision for MEN to file a complaint then how the minister can come to the conclusion and project that 40% of the married WOMEN are suffering as if all husbands are happy and enjoying their life and harassing their wife? We are dejected by the insensitive, distorted and misrepresented statements by the said ministry.

Since the said ministry has relied on the NCRB data hence I would like to take this opportunity to bring out some factual position for your kind consideration. As per suicide data released by NCRB for the year 2009, 81471 MEN have committed suicide and for the same year 45680 WOMEN have committed suicide. i.e. every 6.45 minute a MEN is committing suicide whereas every 11.5 minute a WOMEN is committing suicide. So even as per NCRB data it is clear that it is MEN who needs protection than WOMEN.

 

In view of the above said discussion we demand following

  • Kindly instruct the said ministry to take initiative to collect data regarding violence from WOMEN to MEN.
  • Kindly instruct the said ministry to start process to amend the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act in such a way that MEN can also lodge complaint against WOMEN in case of Domestic violence.

 

We submit that our suggestions are just and reasonable and in the event of non implementation of our suggestions, we would be constrained to go to the streets with Dharnas, Public Fasting and resort to other democratic means of protests. Please save the family and thereby save our great Nation to retain India a “Vasudeva Kutumbaham”.

 

Jai Hind!!  With profound respects,

 

 

 

 

P Suresh, President,                                           M Mahesh, General Secretary,

9880141531                                                     9731569970

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Regarding arbitrary, exorbitant and high maintenance amount awarded by Courts and harassment to husband and his family members in the name of “protection of women”

5th Aug 2011

Bangalore

To,

Honorable President of India,

President’s Office, Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi – 110011

Subject: Regarding arbitrary, exorbitant and high maintenance amount awarded by Courts and harassment to husband and his family members in the name of “protection of women”

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 16500 members all over India. To know more about us please visit http://www.family-harmony.org / http://www.498a.org.in.

Hon’ble Madam,

 

We are sure that the, you must be concerned about the high rate of Divorce and breaking of families. We have been relentlessly petitioning Government from many years citing various reasons for this trend and have been organizing protests, dharna and procession etc from time to time. But we have not been able to get any concrete proposal from Government to stop the breaking of families.

 

Alarmed by another disturbing trend in the recent times which can have serious implication in the society, we are writing this petition to you in the hope that concrete steps will be taken in this regard. The trend is the tendency of the courts to pass very high, excessive, exorbitant and unreasonable amount of maintenance awarded to estranged wife in case of matrimonial disputes.

 

There have been media reports in recent times that amount of 40000/- per month and 40 lakhs etc are being awarded as maintenance amount citing the status of wife, earning capacity of husband etc. While not many will dispute to give reasonable maintenance to wife but at the same time it seems that these orders are being passed as there is no bar on the higher side of maintenance in Law. While most of the discussion in court orders revolve around a reasonable amount of maintenance but there seems to be no clarity, consensus or agreement in the Judiciary on this as can be seen from a widely contrasting orders from different courts.

 

In our NGO, we have come across a case where a husband has been ordered to pay around 50% of his salary. While everyone seems to be emotionally and heavily biased towards wife, conveniently forgetting that a husband also has aged old parents and could have siblings like brothers and sisters whose marriage and education he needs to support. A broken marriage is not a crime but the Gender biased laws of this country makes sure that in case of matrimonial dispute a husband and all his family members are sent to Jail merely on the allegation of wife, thanks to heavy misuse of 498A IPC.

 

Coming to the issue of maintenance, passing of 30%, 40% maintenance against husband is nothing but absurd and injustice to husband and his family members. Even if we do a simple calculation and look at our own families, we can easily calculate how much a person needs per month for his/her survival. Just to stress this point with an example, if a person has wife and a child and age old parent and one brother and one sister then his income needs to be divided into 7 parts atleast as son is the main bread earner when parent grow old. It is a matter of common knowledge that a person does not spend everything and saves as much as possible for a rainy day. And also Just because a person has married does not absolve him from taking care of his parent and siblings. Considering all this 1/10th of a person’s monthly take home salary seems to be reasonable amount of maintenance provided the estranged wife is illiterate and handicapped. If an estranged wife is well qualified and well bodied then her maintenance claim should be rejected outright.

 

While passing maintenance most of the time the standard phrase is “Husband is well bodied”. Well that is true for women also. Also most of the time maintenance is passed citing the status of the couple. Well a husband might had married a women who is from poor family and husband might be in good financial position and assuming that marriage lasted only for couple of months, can the wife be awarded maintenance on the changed status? It is absurd even to think of that because a significant portion of her life she spent in poor financial status.

 

While in matrimonial dispute, it seems most of the court orders related to maintenance seems to be passed emotionally rather than as per Law, we should not forgot that a husband also has mother and sister who are also women and whom he needs to support. In fact mother will be aged and in need of financial assistance for her medical needs.

 

We would also like to invite your kind attention to another important issue which is in dire need of reforms by the Parliament and that issue is of “Multiple maintenance” or in other words “Duplication of Law”. There are more than five sections in Law which enables an estranged wife to claim maintenance from her husband in case of matrimonial dispute. They are Domestic Violence Act, CrPC 125, HMA24, HMA25 and HAMA18. It has become a trend by estranged wife to file all possible section against husband in order to harass him and to extract maximum maintenance.

 

We would also like to invite your kind attention that “women empowerment” cannot be achieved by “harassing husband” and his family members. “Women empowerment” can be achieved only by making them educated, self reliant and making them skillfully employed. What will happen to women if she is receiving 40000/- per month maintenance and then her Ex-husband dies after few years. Such women will virtually come on road as she is neither employed nor can seek employment without any experience.

 

In view of above discussion and reasoning, we demand following

 

  • Mandate Law Commission of India to study how various maintenance laws can be simplified into one law so that it will benefit both wife and husband in case of matrimonial disputes and also it will bring pendency of court cases significantly.

 

  • Amend current maintenance laws to put a cap of not more than 1/10th take home salary per month.

 

  • Maintenance should not be given to educated, working, well bodied or adulterous wife

 

  • No maintenance should be given to wife if husband gets acquittal in 498A IPC or any criminal case initiated by wife.

 

  • Number of years elapsed in marriage should be a critical factor in deciding maintenance as there are series of cases where even after few days of marriage wife has put maintenances cases.

 

  • When considering status of wife, while deciding maintenance, more weightage should be given to the status of wife before marriage.

 

  • Wife should not be allowed to put two or more maintenance cases.  Once she prefers a forum for filing maintenance case, others forum should not accept her petition.

 

  • Maintenance should be granted for the purpose to maintain decent life style and not for luxury.

 

  • Tendency to pass high maintenance in the form of interim maintenance should be stopped as the charges/allegations are not proved at that stage.

 

We submit that our demands are just and reasonable and in the event of non-implementation of our demands, we would be constrained to go to the streets with dharnas, Public Fasting and resort to other democratic means of protests.

 

Please save the family and thereby save our great Nation to retain India a “Vasudeva Kutumbaham”.

 

Jai Hind!!

With profound respects,

 

 

P Suresh, President,                                           M Mahesh, General Secretary,

9880141531                                                     9731569970

National Family Harmony Society                        National Family Harmony Society

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Judicial Reforms in Family Court, Bangalore-Honorable President of India

NHFS/030810/8                                                                                  03rd August 2010 / Bangalore

To,

Honorable President of India,

President’s Office, Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi – 110011

Subject: Judicial Reforms in Family Court, Bangalore.

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,

We seek your personal attention and intervention for Judicial Reforms in Family Court, Bangalore.
Justice Arijit Pasayat, heading a vacation Bench, orally observed that the Hindu Marriages Act “has broken more homes than uniting.” He said: “The growing number of divorce cases in the country is having a disastrous effect on children of families which get broken.” In a lighter vein, he said: “Nowadays even at the time of marriages, anticipatory divorce petitions are being filed.”

The Youth and Vigor lost due to delayed and unending proceedings at the corridors of Justice by the young women and men due to matrimonial discord cannot be recouped. While appreciating the difficulties and constraints faced by The Judiciary in resolving Family Disputes, we would like to highlight the torture and injustices meted out to the litigants and seek your personal intervention to sort out the issues. We feel embarrassed like the Beggers pitying the Donor. With deep regret we invite your kind attention to the patriarchal and gender-biased attitude of the presiding officer’s writ large against the husbands in the matters of awarding maintenance & child custody are driving the men to the extent of committing suicide and losing their valuable lives.

Present status at family court, Bangalore: We understand that thousands of cases, which are many year old are pending disposal before the 4 family courts at Bangalore. In the last 2 years many presiding officers were transferred and one of the family courts did not have a presiding officer for a long time. We give below the sad state of functioning of the Family Court, Bangalore.

1. The concept of amicus curie as envisioned u/s 13 of the Family Courts Act is grossly violated without understanding purport benefit of the clause. The advocates are given a free hand in the name of amicus curie that is expected only to assist the presiding officer. Each party is permitted to engage an advocate in the name of amicus curie which is defeating the very purpose of the legislation. They hijack the issues on procedures and rules besides leading to intimidating atmospheres both to the presiding officer and litigant.
2. The section 10(3) of the Family courts act bestows ample leg room for the presiding officer to have flexible procedures but this provision is hardly used for the benefit of the litigant. Particularly the provision of recording the evidence as gist is not followed and evidence of witnesses are recorded at length.

3. The provision regarding the non applicability of Evidence Act is ignored and elaborate procedures are followed from every available legislation causing unending delays.

4. The rules required to be framed for the Family courts as suggested by the National Commission for Women are ignored leading to anarchy in Family Courts.
5. Almost all cases are consecutively adjourned routinely by a minimum period of 2 months.
6. Knowing very well the trial can be started only after 2-3 years the physical  presence of the litigants are religiously insisted upon on every hearing.
7. Interim orders for custody of child or maintenance as a matter of routine is awarded not before many months on filing the application and almost detrimental to the interest of the child as well as the father.

8. When both parties are deliberately lying under oath in the matter of proof of earning, allegations of harassment the presiding officers do not show any inclinations to take action for contempt of court or perjury.
9. The conciliation and mediation procedures under sec 9 of Family Courts Act are more abused only to drag on the proceedings at least for about 6 months as if mediations are mandatory. While mediations become impossible in a 498A IPC case or in adultery or void claims or impotence of parties are mechanically referred to mediations resulting into further escalation of tension & violence.

10. When both parties seek divorce on different grounds/allegations the matter is unnecessarily dragged for years under the illusionary concept that “Family Courts are for Uniting Couples”. It is a futile exercise attempting to unite warring couples.
11. What the relatives and the social circle cannot achieve is sought to be achieved that too by an over burdened presiding officer. Even assuming a few couple could be united; the untold trauma undergone by majority of the other warring couples is to be gone through to understand the crux of the problem raised.

We wish to present the following list of proposals and suggestions to your kind self for Judicial Reforms in Family Court, Bangalore:

  • Induct more judges and extend the court timings to late evenings.
  • Family courts should start an evening shift in addition to the regular day shift.
  • Due to the heavy pendency of the cases Family Courts should operate on Sundays also with additional judges.
  • Additional 6 more family courts in addition to the existing 4 family courts should be opened without any further delay to cope up with the huge pendency.
  • The Family Courts shall ensure that all matrimonial cases be disposed within a period of Six months.
  • The Family Courts to officially suspend the practice of summer vacation to the benches till the time limit of Six months is met.
  • The Family Courts to officially state that no new cases to be taken till the old ones are disposed.
  • All long-pending (one year and above) cases should be transferred to the Fast Track Courts to dispose of within a time limit.
  • Family Court records must be computerized so that old cases can be disposed on a priority basis and cases can be tracked scientifically.
  • As there are overload on the court on a particular date and less-load on some dates hence the practice of giving dates in the open court must be stopped. Instead dates must be given by the computer section like in Supreme Court or judges should be given computer training and computers must be installed so that dates are given in a scientific way.
  • The tendency of one party to drag the cases to delay the proceeding must be dealt severely with heavy cost and other means.
  • Judges must be sensitized to the fact that they are dealing with the cases involving “Human life” that are driven by “emotional issues” in case of matrimonial issues which are very different from a criminal case.
  • Presiding officers should initiate Suo Motto Perjury/Contempt of Court proceedings if the litigants are found lying under the oath.
  • Counseling should not be insisted in cases criminal cases like 498A IPC/Domestic Violence etc are pending.
  • Interim Applications must be disposed in a week. 
  • Presence of the litigants must not be insisted unless it is absolutely necessary.

Please save the family and thereby save our great Nation to retain India a “Vasudeva Kutumbaham”.

Jai Hind!! With profound respects,

P Suresh, President,

National Family Harmony Society

9880141531

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Regarding arbitrary arrests under 498A IPC – President

8th July 2010

Bangalore

To,

Honorable President of India,

President’s Office

Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi – 110011

Subject: Regarding arbitrary arrests of ordinary law-abiding citizens under IPC Sections 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act and related laws.

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.

Honorable members of the Parliament have been raising questions in the parliament at regular interval regarding the heavy misuse of IPC Sections 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act and related laws. Please find some of the questions raised by members of Parliament regarding heavy misuse of women centric laws.

T a b l e – 1

Sl No Question number House Name of  Member Answered on Subject
1 1409 RAJYA SABHA SHRI MOTILAL VORA  01.08.2003 MISUSE OF DOWRY PROHIBITION ACT
2 1610 RAJYA SABHA SHRI R.S. GAVAI  16.03.2005 INCREASING NUMBER OF FALSE DOWRY CASES
3 2698 RAJYA SABHA SHRI ABU ASIM AZMI  22.08.2005 AMENDMENTS TO DOWRY PROHIBITION ACT
4 2805 RAJYA SABHA PROF. RAM DEO BHANDARY  23.08.2006 HARASSMENT DUE TO DOWRY ALLEGATIONS
5 3876 RAJYA SABHA SHRI MAHENDRA SAHNI  10.05.2007 AMENDMENT IN ANTI DOWRY LAW
6 4501 RAJYA SABHA SHRI SURENDRA LATH  16.05.2007 MISUSE OF DOWRY PROHIBITION ACTs
7 1474 RAJYA SABHA SHRI BRIJ BHUSHAN TIWARI  03.12.2007 AMENDMENTS TO DOWRY LAWS
8 1696 RAJYA SABHA SHRI LALIT KISHORE CHATURVEDI  05.12.2007 PUNISHING PEOPLE FILING FALSE DOWRY RELATED CASES
9 2933 RAJYA SABHA SHRI KAMAL AKHTAR  21.04.2008 STIFFER ANTI DOWRY LAWS
10 1474 RAJYA SABHA SHRI BRIJ BHUSHAN TIWARI  03.12.2007 AMENDMENTS TO DOWRY LAWS
11 1073 RAJYA SABHA SHRI AMAR SINGH  10.03.2008 AMENDMENT OF ANTI DOWRY ACT
12 304 RAJYA SABHA ABU ASIM AZMI  20.10.2008 MISUSE OF ANTI DOWRY ACT
13 440 LOK SABHA SHRI SANAT KUMAR 28.08.2001 Dowry Prohibition Act and Domestic
14 1012 LOK SABHA Shri RAMDAS ATHAWALE 06.03.2007 AMENDMENT IN DOWRY ACT
15 440 LOK SABHA Shri SANAT KUMAR MANDAL 20.02.2009 DOWRY PROHIBITION ACT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT
16 2030 LOK SABHA Shri DALPAT SINGH PARASTE 30.11.2007 ABUSE OF ANTI-DOWRY LAW
17 193 LOK SABHA Shri RAGHUVIR SINGH KAUSHAL 16.11.2007 FALSE IMPLICATION IN DOWRY DEATH CASES
18 1181 LOK SABHA Kunwar REWATI RAMAN SINGH 21.08.2007 COMPLAINTS ON DOWRY BY NRIs
19 382 LOK SABHA Shri N CHELUVARAYA SWAMY SWAMYGOWDA 20.11.2009 MISUSE OF DOWRY PROHIBITION ACT, 1961S

 

Honorable Supreme Court and various High Courts have observed from time to time that these women centric laws are being highly misuse. Honorable Supreme Court had observed that IPC 498A is being used as “Legal Terror”. Some of the observation of the Supreme Court and various High Courts are compiled below:

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Sl No Court Case Number/Reported Year Between
1 Supreme Court Writ Petition (C) No. 141 of 2005) 2005 Sushil Kumar Sharma Vs. Union of India (UOI)
2 Supreme Court Appeal (crl.) 206 2008 Som Mittal Vs Govt. of Karnataka
3 Supreme Court Appeal (crl.) 1716 of 2007 2007 Onkar Nath Mishra & Ors vs State (Nct Of Delhi) & Anr
4 Supreme Court 2000 (2) JCC (SC) 657: 2000 (5) SCC 207 2000 Kans Raj vs. State of Punjab and others
5 Delhi HC Crl.A.No.339-41/2005 2010
6 Delhi HC CRL.M.C.7262/2006 2007
7 Delhi HC CRL. R 462/2002  2003 Savitri Devi Versus  Ramesh Chand and Ors.
8 AP HC A. A. O. No. 1039 of 2001 2002 Saritha Vs R.Ramachandra
9 Punjab & Haryana HC (1990)2 Rec Cri R 243 1990 Jasbir Kaur vs. State of Haryanas
10 Supreme Court CriLJ 2993 2000 Kanaraj vs. State of Punjab
11 Karnataka HC 2002 CriLJ 3605 State Vs. Srikanth
12 Supreme Court 2002 CriLJ 4124 2002 Mohd. Hoshan vs. State of A.P.
13 Delhi HC 2003 CriLJ 2759 2003 Savitri Devi vs. Ramesh Chand
14 Punjab & Haryana HC 2003 CriLJ 3394 2003 Bhupinder Kaur and others vs. State of Punjab and others
15 Jharkhand HC 2004 CriLJ 2989 2004 Arjun Ram Vs. State of Jharkhand and another
16 Punjab & Haryana HC RCR (Criminal) 163 2002 Mukesh Rani Vs. State of Haryana
17 Delhi HC 2001 (2) JCC (Delhi) 86 2001 Anu Gill Vs. State & Anrs
18 Supreme Court AIR 2005 SC 1989 2005 Ramesh & Ors. Vs. State of Tamil Nadu
19 Delhi HC CHANDER KANTA LAMBA & ORS
20 ADDITIONAL SESSIONS JUDGE Revision No. 88/2008/2002 2002
21 Punjab & Haryana HC 2002 Krishan Jeet Singh vs State Of Haryana
22 Orissa HC 2003 Benumadhab Padhi Mohapatra vs State
23 AP HC Criminal Petition No. 6642 of 2007 2007 Kamireddy Mangamma and others
24 Allahabad HC CRIMINAL MISC. WRIT PETITION No. – 3322 of 2010 2010 Sanjeev Kumar & Others vs State Of U.P.s

 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:

  • Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
  • No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
  • Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
  • No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence or to attacks upon his honor and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

 

In blatant violation of all the above rights, thousands of husbands and their families are arbitrarily arrested every year, without evidence or investigation, under IPC Sections 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act, and related wife-centric laws which presume that the accused are “guilty until proven innocent”.

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has noted the misuse of dowry laws, arrest of innocent individuals and the resultant overcrowding of prisons. NHRC has urged the judiciary and law enforcement agencies to take measures against these abuses. High Courts across the country and the Supreme Court have condemned the misuse of dowry laws. The Commissioner of Police, Bangalore had issued standing instructions vide memo to check arbitrary arrests. The DGP, Karnataka has also issued a circular to implement 11 guidelines issued by Honorable Supreme Court of India regarding arrests and detention of Individuals in Cr WP No. 539/1986 and Cr WP No.592/1987. By taking note of the heavy misuse of the 498A IPC, recently on October 20, 2009, Union Ministry of Home Affairs had issued an advisory to all the state Governments and Union Territories. National Commission of Human Rights also has issued guidelines regarding arrests.

Nevertheless, abuse of police powers continues and unnecessary arrests have only been growing in the State of Karnataka. Police routinely enter people’s homes at ungodly hours, take accused men and women into custody, and incarcerate them in the name of “protecting women from cruelty and harassment”. Innocent citizens are illegally detained, humiliated, subjected to mental and physical torture, blackmail and extortion. The honor and reputation of these accused individuals is simultaneously attacked through media trial and unrestrained slander by women’s organizations every day. Thousands of men and women have been driven to suicide due to the trauma of false cases, arrest, prolonged trials and the resultant humiliation and financial troubles they have to endure.

According to statistics published by the National Crime Records Bureau in 2007 alone, an overwhelming 94% of the individuals arrested under IPC Section 498A were found not guilty. A closer look at individual cases under Section 498A reveals that arrests are made by lower cadre police officials without proper justification and only with the intent of terrorizing innocent citizens and extorting money from them under the threat of imprisonment and long-drawn legal battles.

Our numerous pleas to the Government of India to stop arbitrary arrests of citizens under IPC Section 498A have fallen on deaf ears. On the other hand, new laws are always on the anvil (sexual assault, work place harassment, acid attacks etc.) which stress on immediate arrest of men upon mere accusations made by women.

While it is amply clear that under the prevailing circumstances, arrest is inevitable for any man facing allegations of abuse or assault, it is imperative that innocent citizens are prepared to go to jail even if they committed no crime. Ordinary law abiding citizens and their kin should be freed from the fear of jail and the concomitant feelings of humiliation and suffering so that they do not drive themselves into depression, ruin their health or end their own lives.

In spite of All round coverage by Media regarding heavy Misuse of IPC 498A, questions in the parliament by honorable MPs, Critical remarks by various HCs and SC, Observation by NHRC, advisories issued by your ministry from time to time, State Governments are not taking any steps to prevent the heavy misuse of IPC Sections 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act and related laws. These laws are so biased and dangerous that any innocent can become victim just on a false complaint by a woman. Even celebrities like Pakistani Cricketer Shoaib Malik and Former Union Minister Arjun Singh have not been spared have been falsely implicated under these laws.

 

OUR Demands:

Direct the Union Government to:

  • Stop the heavy misuse of Gender Biased laws such as 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act and related laws.
  • No arrest before Final Judgment/Order in case of a complaint under 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act and related laws.
  • Implement recommendations of Law Commission and “Malimath committee” to make 498A bailable.
  • Bring in amendment to stop arbitrary arrest of elderly persons, children and pregnant sisters.
  • Punishment for those filing false cases under 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act and related laws.
  • Bring in amendments to make IPC 498A “Gender Neutral” so that those husbands and in-laws who are harassed can also make complaint under this IPC section.

 

 

P Suresh, President,                                           M Mahesh, General Secretary,

9880141531                                                      9731569970

National Family Harmony Society                         National Family Harmony Society

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Petition to President Re Jail Bharo

To,                                                                                                          01/July/2010

Honorable President of India,                                                                  Bangalore

President’s Office

Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi – 110011

Subject: National Family Harmony Society (NFHS) along with Indian Family Foundation (IFF), Mother And Sisters of Husband Against Abuse of Law (MASHAAL), All India Forgotten Women’s Association (AIFWA) and All India Men’s Welfare Association (AIMWA), are supporting Mr. Ravindra Gangurde of Shree Shravanbal & Shree Laxman Bhikaji Gangurde Seva Kendra, who has called for a “Jail Bharo Andolan” on 6 July 2010.

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.

National Family Harmony Society, hereby, announces our support to Mr. Ravindra Gangurde’s “Jail Bharo Andolan” as a sign of protest against arbitrary arrests of ordinary law-abiding citizens under IPC Sections 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act and related laws.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: 

  • Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
  • No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
  • Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
  • No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence or to attacks upon his honor and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

 

In blatant violation of all the above rights, thousands of husbands and their families are arbitrarily arrested every year, without evidence or investigation, under IPC Sections 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act, and related wife-centric laws which presume that the accused are “guilty until proven innocent”.

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has noted the misuse of dowry laws, arrest of innocent individuals and the resultant overcrowding of prisons. NHRC has urged the judiciary and law enforcement agencies to take measures against these abuses. High Courts across the country and the Supreme Court have condemned the misuse of dowry laws. The Commissioner of Police, Bangalore had issued standing instructions vide memo to check arbitrary arrests. The DGP, Karnataka has also issued a circular to implement 11 guidelines issued by Honorable Supreme Court of India regarding arrests and detention of Individuals in Cr WP No. 539/1986 and Cr WP No.592/1987. By taking note of the heavy misuse of the 498A IPC, recently on October 20, 2009, Union Ministry of Home Affairs had issued an advisory to all the state Governments and Union Territories. National Commission of Human Rights also has issued guidelines regarding arrests.

Nevertheless, abuse of police powers continues and unnecessary arrests have only been growing in the State of Karnataka. Police routinely enter people’s homes at ungodly hours, take accused men and women into custody, and incarcerate them in the name of “protecting women from cruelty and harassment”. Innocent citizens are illegally detained, humiliated, subjected to mental and physical torture, blackmail and extortion. The honor and reputation of these accused individuals is simultaneously attacked through media trial and unrestrained slander by women’s organizations every day. Thousands of men and women have been driven to suicide due to the trauma of false cases, arrest, prolonged trials and the resultant humiliation and financial troubles they have to endure.

According to statistics published by the National Crime Records Bureau in 2007 alone, an overwhelming 94% of the individuals arrested under IPC Section 498A were found not guilty. A closer look at individual cases under Section 498A reveals that arrests are made by lower cadre police officials without proper justification and only with the intent of terrorizing innocent citizens and extorting money from them under the threat of imprisonment and long-drawn legal battles.

Our numerous pleas to the Government of India to stop arbitrary arrests of citizens under IPC Section 498A have fallen on deaf ears. On the other hand, new laws are always on the anvil (sexual assault, work place harassment, acid attacks etc.) which stress on immediate arrest of men upon mere accusations made by women.

While it is amply clear that under the prevailing circumstances, arrest is inevitable for any man facing allegations of abuse or assault, it is imperative that innocent citizens are prepared to go to jail even if they committed no crime. Ordinary law abiding citizens and their kin should be freed from the fear of jail and the concomitant feelings of humiliation and suffering so that they do not drive themselves into depression, ruin their health or end their own lives.

In light of the above facts, we, the National Family Harmony Society (NFHS) along with Indian Family Foundation (IFF), Mother And Sisters of Husband Against Abuse of Law (MASHAAL), All India Forgotten Women’s Association (AIFWA) and All India Men’s Welfare Association (AIMWA), are extending our support to Mr. Ravindra Gangurde of Shree Shravanbal & Shree Laxman Bhikaji Gangurde Seva Kendra, who has called for a “Jail Bharo Andolan” on 6 July 2010.

 

OUR Demands:

  • We request your personal attention to stop the heavy misuse of Gender Biased laws such as 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act and related laws.
  • Direct the Union Government to immediately implement recommendations of Law Commission to make 498A bailable.
  • Direct the Union Government to bring in amendment to stop arbitrary arrest of elderly persons, children and pregnant sisters.

 

Enclosures:

A)   The Commissioner of Police, Bangalore

B)   Circular by The DGP, Karnataka

C)   Advisory by Union Ministry of Home Affairs

D)   Arrest Guidelines by National Commission of Human Rights

E)   Letter from Mr. Gangurde calling for “Jail Bharo Andolan” – Marathi and English Translation

F)    Article from The Sunday Indian; Dowry Law Sec 498(A) – How and why the law is an ass.

 

P Suresh, President,

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National Family Harmony Society

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