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Misuse of dowry laws by women
Filing a dowry case is as simple as ordering a pizza. There is no penalty for filing a false case. It has become a fashion to misuse provisions of the dowry law by women not willing to adjust with the families of their husbands.

THIS IS all about Indian Penal Code 498a, and how Indian women harass men by misusing the laws. When they are not able to adjust in their husband’s home or with their in-laws or when the husband finds out about her extramarital affair or husband refuses to do her bidding, IPC 498a is the right tool to take care of her selfish interest and that too legally. In some cases the law has been misused by women who are seeking divorce and demanding a fat alimony.


It has become a fashion and style to misuse provisions of the dowry law by women not willing to adjust with the families of their husbands. The law gives them the ‘right to torture’ even distant relatives and minors by subjecting them to harassment by filing false complaints with the police. Even police personnel admit the bitter reality in personal talks that most of the cases filed under section 498a are mischievously aimed to blackmail the husband’s family.


Research reports say that Indian married men’s suicide rate is three-times that of married women at ages ranging from 32-49 years; whereas, it is almost 1:1 before marriage. Section 498a of the IPC makes it mandatory for the police to book the husband and his parents and other relatives/friends, whosoever is named on the complaint filed by the wife. This section is non-compoundable and cognizable. There are several cases where the police has arrested the elderly parents without any investigation. Filing a dowry case is as simple as ordering a pizza. There is no penalty for filing a false case.


This section of the law needs amendments or appropriations before it inflicts irreparable damage to institution of marriage in India.


To prevent misuse of dowry harassment laws, no arrest should be made without prior investigations, a circular issued by the commissioner of police states:


“The order issued by the commissioner of police clearly states that any arrests under section 498a (matrimonial cruelty) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the IPC will be made with prior permission of a deputy commissioner of police (DCP).”

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