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June 3, 2010

SFH for a relook into Section 498 A

Filed under: Protest News — Fighting Legal Terror @ 5:06 am

SFH for a relook into Section 498 A

Special Correspondent


President of Save Family Harmony B.K. Agarwal at a press conference in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. Organisation secretary N. Bala (left), vice-president V.M.S. Madhusudhana Raju and treasurer M. Seshagiri Rao are also seen.

VISAKHAPATNAM: A husband and his female family members murdering his wife and her family members in Hyderabad a few days ago, due to the humiliation and trauma he faced due to the arrest in a dowry harassment case, necessitated a relook into the Section 498 A of IPC under which several were being unnecessarily harassed, and to avoid “domestic terrorism”, felt the Save Family Harmony organisation.

The physical and mental harassment and the trial by media, being faced by those booked under this section was either forcing them to think of taking law into their own hands or commit suicide, SFH president B.K. Agarwal said at a press conference here on Wednesday.

According to the National Crime Record Bureau, 60,000 families were affected every year due to Sec. 498A. But 98.7 per cent of the cases were proved to be false in the courts, he said quoting the records of the Study of Centre of Social Research of Central Government. As many as 1.15 lakh women had been arrested during the last four years. Sec. 498A being cognigible and non-bailable, the accused is arrested even before his or her guilt was established.

‘No action’

Mr. Agarwal said that no action was taken in spite of the President and the Chief Justice of India saying that this section was becoming a sort of legal terrorism.

The section was not being amended because of the selfish reasons of indirect beneficiaries like the police, practitioners of the law and the politicians who depended on the vote-bank politics, he alleged.

The SFH wanted police not to be involved in the martial counselling; criminal and civil laws made equally applicable to man and woman; a case should be filed and arrest made only in case of physical violence; punishment to those misusing the law; prosecution of those giving dowry; not to make judicial remand a routine procedure in a marital crime and that domestic violence considered gender neutral.

SFH secretary N. Bala, vice-president V.M.S. Madhusudhana Raju and treasurer M. Seshagiri Rao also spoke.

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