India has made several laws to protect the rights of women in the country. However, like any other law, these too can be bent or broken and taken advantage of by unscrupulous individuals. Money and muscle power also play a role in all this.
THE GOVERNMENT of India has formulated many laws to protect the rights of women who are being ill-treated by their husbands and in-laws. But how many of these laws really help women gain custody of their children and protect their property? The woman’s husband and in-laws usually claim all the wealth and property and also the custody of the child.
At the end of the day, everything depends on the verdict of the judge. In case the lady is able to appoint an influential advocate, she may win the case, but this rarely happens. Nowadays, money and muscle power are used to obtain almost anything one desires. Wealthy individuals get away with almost everything; with no questions being asked. There are some women who even use these laws to their advantage and get all that they want from the husband and his family. Again, this also depends on the verdict of the judge. If the verdict is passed in favour of the wrong individual, an appeal has to be made again in a higher court and more money has to be spent. In such a case, it is suggested that more judges from different parts of the country and from different religious backgrounds be appointed, so as to give the individuals a fair hearing and good judgment. This will also make it possible to reach a judgment without any delays. Further suggestions:
There should be other professionals involved when a judgment is being passed on either one of the individuals; a single judge dispensing justice seems insufficient.
Most of the victims have to suffer due to uncalled-for delays in the passing of the judgment. The process is very slow and the culprits are given time to fabricate evidence and bring in new witnesses. This should be amended.
All cases should be dealt with in the lower courts. The client should be able to appeal for, and receive judgment on, wealth and property partitioning in the lower court in a maximum of 5-6 hearings.
We look forward to a good procedure so as to give every individual the right to good judgment in less time.