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Friday, August 04, 2006

Misuse of Indian Penal Code Section 498a: resulting chronic misery for Indian families

At present there is rampant misuse of Anti Harassment/Cruelty (in addition to the upcoming Domestic violence bill) laws in India (the concerned section in Indian penal code is section 498a).

The potency of misuse is unfathomable, since the Police doesn't need any other supporting evidence or witness other than the wife's statement/complaint, to straight away arrest the Husband and his relatives (Whoever is named in the wife's complaint), following which is an ordeal of long drawn and wasteful legal proceedings for the Husband (in this law he is Guilty until proved
innocent!, unlike any other law, anywhere else).

This menace of legal misuse is causing Havoc even in Indian expatriate families working in other countries like USA, UK and other developed countries where NRIs have a strong presence.

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