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RAJYA SABHA 01.08.2003

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF   HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED   QUESTION NO   1409
ANSWERED ON    01.08.2003
MISUSE OF DOWRY PROHIBITION ACT . 
1409 . SHRI MOTILAL VORA 

(a) whether Government are aware that the provisions of the Dowry Prohibition Act are being misused;

(b) if so, the steps taken/proposed to be taken by Government to stop it; and

(c) if not, the reasons therefor? 
ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (SHRIMATI JASKAUR MEENA)

(a) There is no information about misuse of the Dowry Prohibition Act in the country with the Government of India.

(b)&(c) Does not arise.

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RAJYA SABHA 16.03.2005

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF   HOME AFFAIRS
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED   QUESTION NO   1610
ANSWERED ON    16.03.2005
INCREASING NUMBER OF FALSE DOWRY CASES . 
1610 . SHRI R.S. GAVAI 

(a) whether it is a fact that number of false dowry cases is increasing in the country;

(b) if so, the details of dowry cases registered during the last three years;

(c) whether it is also a fact that husband and his family get relief only after long periods of harassment;

(d) whether Government propose to bring any provision by making some changes in the said Act for registration of actual cases of dowry harassment;

(e) if so, the details thereof; and

(f) if not, the reasons therefor? 
ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS

(SHRI MANIKRAO HODLYA GAVIT)

(a): As per statistics compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau, the number of cases of dowry death, which were declared false due to mistake of fact or of law during 2002 was 396 in comparison to 400 in 2001. The number of such cases further came down to 312 in 2003.

(b): The number of cases of dowry deaths reported during 2001-2003 are as under :

  Year  Number of cases

  2001   6851
  2002   6822
  2003   6208
(c): It depends on case to case.
(d) to (f):  There is no such proposal under consideration of the
 Government.  The direct responsibility for implementing the Dowry Prohibition
 Act, 1961, including registration and investigation of the cases of dowry
 related offences, is that of State Governments.

RAJYA SABHA 22.08.2005

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF   HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED   QUESTION NO   2698
ANSWERED ON    22.08.2005
AMENDMENTS TO DOWRY PROHIBITION ACT . 
2698 . SHRI ABU ASIM AZMI 

AMAR SINGH 
 

(a) whether Government are aware that section 498-A of the Indian Penal Code enacted to prevent harassment to women for dowry is being misused by women to harass their in-laws;

(b) if so, whether Government propose to amend the Dowry Prohibition Act so as to avoid its misuse;

(c) if so, the details thereof and by when, if not, the reasons therefor; and

(d) whether it is also a fact that complaints against the in-laws and their family members are registered in the police stations even after lapse of ten or more years of the marriage and if so, the reasons therefor? 
ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (SHRIMATI KANTI SINGH)

(a) National Commission for Women (NCW) has informed that there is no statistical data available to prove that Section 498 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) is being misused by women to harass their in-laws.

(b)&(c) Does not arise.

(d) In terms of Section 498 A of the IPC, if a person being the husband or the relative of the husband of a woman subjects her to cruelty, he can be held guilty of offence under the said Section. Subjecting the woman to cruelty at any time during the marriage is culpable under this Section.

RAJYA SABHA 23.08.2006

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF   HOME AFFAIRS
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED   QUESTION NO   2805
ANSWERED ON    23.08.2006
HARASSMENT DUE TO DOWRY ALLEGATIONS . 
2805 . PROF. RAM DEO BHANDARY 

(a) whether it is a fact that many families in Delhi are suffering due to exaggerated allegations of harassment and dowry cases made by women against their husbands and other family members, involving them in criminal misappropriation and cruelty; and

(b) if so, what action Government have taken with regard to the Judgement of the Delhi High Court of 19th May, 2003, directing Government to review and make suitable amendments in the IPC? 
ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS

( SHRI S. REGUPATHY)

(a): In some cases women complainants make exaggerated allegations against harassment by in-laws. While handling such cases adequate precautions are taken by Delhi Police to avoid any undue harassment to innocent relatives. Delhi Police has set up a Crime Against Women Cell and similar Cells in all the nine Police Districts. The CAW Cells, on receipt of complaints, initially take steps for reconciliation of the aggrieved parties through counseling and to find out real facts of the matter. If the reconciliation efforts do not succeed, registration of a case under appropriate section of IPC is recommended to the concerned DCP.

(b): The judgment dated 19th May, 2003 passed by the High Court of Delhi in Criminal Revision No. 462/2002 does not contain any direction to amend IPC.

RAJYA SABHA 10.05.2007

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF   OVERSEAS INDIAN AFFAIRS
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED   QUESTION NO   3876
ANSWERED ON    10.05.2007
AMENDMENT IN ANTI DOWRY LAW . 
3876 . SHRI MAHENDRA SAHNI 

(j) whether it is a fact that Non-Resident Indians have made a demand to Government with regard to making an amendment in the Anti-Dowry Law; and (k) if so, the details thereof? 
ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF OVERSEAS INDIAN AFFAIRS

(SHRI VAYALAR RAVI)

(a)& (b): A couple of representations have been received against alleged misuse of Section 498- A of the Indian Penal Code and based on the comments of National Commission for Women and Crime Against Women Cell, Delhi Police, the Government is of the view that no dilution of the provisions relating to dowry is advisable considering the continuing violence against women and their subordination.

RAJYA SABHA 16.05.2007

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF   HOME AFFAIRS
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED   QUESTION NO   4501
ANSWERED ON    16.05.2007
MISUSE OF DOWRY PROHIBITION ACT . 
4501 . SHRI SURENDRA LATH 

(a) whether it is a fact that out of 58000 cases filed under the provision of the Dowry prohibition Act, 25000 were found fake;

(b) whether it is a fact that NRIs have complained to the Prime Minister and the President of India against the misuse of Section 498 A of the Prohibition Act by Police, if so, what are the details in this regard;

(c) whether it is also a fact that a website 498.org has been established to make a case against the provision; and

(d) the steps being contemplated by Government to make the law more balanced and objective? 
ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS

(SHRI MANIKRAO HODLYA GAVIT)

(a): As per statistics compiled by NCRB, during the period from 2003-05, out of the total of 9480 cases reported under the Dowry Prohibition Act,1961, 580 cases were found false/mistaken of fact/law.

(b): Section 498A is a section of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) relating to cruelty by husband or relatives of husband and not a section of the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961. One of the complaints of alleged misuse of Section 498 A IPC received in the Ministry of Women and Child Development also contained `NRI`s Related Demands`

(c): The Government does not subscribe to or vouch for or attest the said website

(d): There is no proposal regarding amendment of Section 498 A IPC.

RAJYA SABHA 03.12.2007

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF   WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED   QUESTION NO   1474
ANSWERED ON    03.12.2007
AMENDMENTS TO DOWRY LAWS . 
1474 . SHRI BRIJ BHUSHAN TIWARI 

BHAGWATI SINGH 
 

(a) whether it is a fact that there are many complaints with regard to use of dowry laws for seeking revenge;

(b) whether it is also a fact that many innocent persons are punished as a result thereof, while culprits get scot free;

(c) if so, whether Government would consider to make amendments in the provisions of the dowry law, to prevent its misuse and for punishing the culprits; and

(d) if so, the details thereof? 
ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE OF THE MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT

(SHRIMATI RENUKA CHOWDHURY)
(a) & (b) : As per the data compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Ministry of Home Affairs, for the period 2004-2006, out of the 11300 cases registered under the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961, 615 were declared false on account of mistake of fact or law.

(c) : Penal provisions already exist in the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 in respect of offences under the Act. Government has no proposal to amend the Act in order to prevent its alleged misuse.

(d) : Does not arise.