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Married men committed suicide mainly due to alleged misuse of Section 498(A)
Satbir Singh Bedi | 04 Jul 2014

It was pointed out by a Government report that the number of married men (64,098) committing suicide in 2012 was double the married women (29,491).


"The incidence of married men committing suicide mainly due to family stress is on the rise," Child Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP) president Kumar V. Jahgirdar told IANS on Thursday.
 
The CRISP had conducted studies which concluded that the married men committed suicide mainly due to alleged misuse of Section 498 (A) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Domestic Violence Act of 2005.
 
Section 498 (A) deals with harassing a married woman.
 
"We are demanding setting up of national commission for men on the lines of the National Commission of Women to look into the problems faced by the married men," Jahgirdar added.
 
"When a married man faces the domestic violence in the form of verbal abuse, mental abuse and economical abuse, there is no provision in law to seek justice," said Save Family Foundation-Delhi founder member Swarup Sarkar.
 
On the analogy of the Lokpal Act, which has a special clause to punish those who misuse the law, there should a law to check misuse of Section 498 (A) and the domestic violence act, he demanded.