Hi All responsible media friends and concerned citizens.
See this post about how even dowry death cases(IPC sec 304b) could be false and misused(this post includes examples of the recent Air Hostess suicide which was touted as Dowry Death and later it turned out to be because of lover's tiff with a colleague/Pilot plus more real life and less reported cases): http://at498a.blogspot.com/2008/07/false-allegations-of-dowry-expose.html
If you all remember the alleged Dowry death of Preeti Rai Singhani, who had committed suicide after only 12 days of being with her husband in Sierra Leone(West Africa) : http://timesnow.tv/NewsDtls.aspx?NewsID=10505 , http://timesnow.tv/NewsDtls.aspx?NewsID=10601 , http://timesnow.tv/NewsDtls.aspx?NewsID=10360 & http://timesnow.tv/NewsDtls.aspx?NewsID=10422 .
In our search for truth we have found enough evidences to state that the girl suicided on her own, and Demand of dowry was not its cause(inferring from the local Police(Sierra Leone police had closed this by confirming that it was a clear case if suicide not arising due to demand of dowry) reports and Witness statements).
The girl's(Preeti Raisighani) body is still in the mortuary(in Africa) even after 60 days of her death by suicide, since her relatives still want to investigate the truth(not accepting the local police's investigation report and conclusion of Suicide by self will).
The boy's family has now run out of money after paying heavily for the mortuary(refrigerated) expenses and lawyer/bail fees(the parents of the husband where in custody for around a month and had to approach HC, Mumbai, after their bail applications were rejected in District court and Sessions court), other incidental expenses(phone, courier, local expenses), etc.
The husband is now not in a position(financially in heavy debt, due to this false allegation on him , his brothers family and his senior citizen-parents!) to transport the body at his expense, and this was projected as "the husband demanded 15 lakhs from the deceased girl's parents, for release of the dead body!!!", whereas the husband in his telecon with the girl's parents just mentioned that it takes 15,000 local currency(Sierra Leone) to transport the body to India and that he is not in position to pay that much now that his financial position is negative(on loans now)).
If anyone in the media or otherwise is willing/interested in knowing and publicising the truth in this case please contact us at 'Protect Indian Family', NGO, Mumbai.
One case less of misuse of laws concerning families, the better Indian families will be!.
Dear Mr. Balram and the Editor of Times of India,
SC ruling on suicide by married women : Do you Know?
New Delhi, July 30
If a woman commits suicide within seven years of her marriage, it cannot automatically be inferred that the incident was abetted by her husband and in-laws who had ill-treated her earlier, the Supreme Court has held.
"The mere fact that a woman committed suicide within seven years of her marriage and that she had been subjected to cruelty by her husband or any relative of her husband, does not automatically give rise to the presumption that the suicide has been abetted by her husband or any relative of her husband," a bench of Justices R.V. Raveendran and Mukundakam Sharma said. The apex court passed the observation while acquitting a woman convicted for abetting the suicide of her daughter-in-law.
Under Section 113-A of the Indian Evidence Act, a court may presume, on proof of circumstances, if the victim had committed suicide within seven years of marriages that her husband or any other relative had subjected her to cruelty.
"One of the circumstances which has to be considered by the court is whether the alleged cruelty was of such nature as was likely to drive the woman to commit suicide or cause grave injury or danger to life, limb or health of the woman," the bench said.
In the instant case, the deceased Shanti Bai had committed suicide by setting herself ablaze. The prosecution claimed that Shanti Bai had resorted to the extreme step as she was unable to bear the harassment by her in-laws.
On the basis of the evidence the trial court in Madhya Pradesh convicted the deceased's mother-in-law Munni Bai for abetting the suicide and sentenced her to three years RI, which was affirmed by the High Court, upon which she appealed in the apex court.
The apex court after perusal of various evidence and records noted that there was nothing on record to prove the prosecution's claim that the mother-in-law abetted the suicide of her daughter-in-law. Accordingly, it ordered her acquittal. — PTI
For Further reference :
· NCW's recommendations to address "unnatural deaths" of married women are Unreasonable
In the interest of justice, fairness and equality to both genders, we, the members of Save family Foundation, Delhi, make the following recommendations:
• Section 304(B) should not be retained in the law; IPC Section 302 already covers murder andIPC Section 306 covers abetment of suicide, and therefore Section 304(B) is only a duplicationof law, which is gender-biased.
• All cases of murder, including murder for dowry should be dealt with under IPC Section 302.
• All cases of abetment of suicide, including those allegedly done for dowry, should be dealt withunder IPC Section 306.
• If IPC Section 304(B) is not removed from Indian law, then it should be amended and madeapplicable to men and women equally. Specifically, the word "husband/wife" should bereplaced by the word spouse.
• Section 304(B) treats the accused as guilty until proven innocent, thus, violating the UniversalDeclaration of Human Rights which proclaims that "everyone charged with a penal offence hasthe right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty". The law needs to be amended so that noarrests of any of the accused (man, woman or child) are made without proper investigation and Written approval of police officials of the rank of DCP or above.
• Those who misuse the section for settling personal scores should be heavily penalizedbecause false allegations and prosecution can cause irreparable damage to the accusedParties even if they are later declared not guilty.
Unnatural death "is a category used by coroners and vital statistics specialists for classifying all human deaths not properly describable as death by natural causes. Hence it would include events such as accident, execution, homicide, misadventure (being attacked by insects, reptiles, fishes, lions, tigers, bears, stingrays, or other wild animals), adverse outcome of surgery, suicide, terrorism, war."
Any person, male or female, married or unmarried, may die an unnatural death due to any of the above causes. Among these, homicide (murder) is the only cause which unambiguously qualifies as crime that can be committed by one person on another, and is already covered under IPC Section 302. It is, therefore, obvious that having a section specifically to deal with dowry murder is redundant, and only reflects gender bias. In addition to murder, abetment of suicide is also a crime and punishable under IPC Section 306 which addresses both male and female victims.
Therefore, once again, it is unnecessary to have duplications and special provisions in law like Section 304(B) and Section 498(A) to address suicides of women. Most cases recorded as "dowry death" involve women who died by accident or by committing suicide. Data from the National Crime Records Bureau indicates that there is no difference between the rate of suicide of married women and never married women. However, radical organizations like NCW would have us believe that every death of a married woman is a dowry death, without providing any justification for such presumption.
Recent data from the National Crime Records Bureau indicate that nearly twice as many married men, compared to married women, commit suicide every year, unable to withstand verbal, emotional, economic and physical abuse and legal harassment by their wives. While every death of a young married woman is converted into a case of dowry death leading to immediate arrest of the husband and in-laws, followed by a prompt media trial, large-scale suicides of men do not cause any outrage.
Gender obsessed women's activists also refuse to admit the fact that accidental deaths are also equally likely among men and women. Therefore, it has become routine for police to arrest the husband and his relatives and book them under several sections including, IPC 498A, 304B, and Dowry Prohibition Act, every time a woman's relatives claim that the deceased woman had been killed or driven to death/suicide for dowry.
This is the case even when there are suicide notes or dying declarations absolving everyone including the husband of any responsibility for the woman's suicide or death. There have even been instances where fake dowry death cases were registered and the "deceased" wife was found to be alive after the accused husband and in-laws were refused bail and imprisoned. While husbands and their relatives are under constant suspicion leading to frequent violation of their basic human rights, wives are rarely ever questioned leave alone prosecuted if a husband dies or ends his life under similar circumstances.
On 8/1/08, Virag
With reference to your article in TOI, Bangalore Edition today, Pg 3,
I would like to ask you who has given you the authority to conduct a
media trial and media conviction of the husband's family.
It is just a mere allegation from the girl's father that she was
'allegedly harassed' for dowry. Soumya Chandra, the girl could have
committed suicide due to any reason other than dowry, which will only
be proved / disproved at a later stage.
How can you take the words of the girl's family as Gospel truth and
print it in bold seriously putting the reputation of the husband's
family at stake?
Why are you hell bent on creating a false alarm in the society that
women are not safe?
One married woman commits suicide and you declare the husband's family
as a criminal. 10, 000 unmarried women are committing suicide
annually, you never printed a word about them.
56, 000 married men are committing suicide, you never bothered to
create awareness about the same. Whose life is in more danger in
today's society? There are 6 different, redundant, lopsided, biased
and heavily misused laws to protect women and none for men, why?
Have you ever raised a finger about this?
You yourself are a man. Have you ever thought what will happen if your
wife puts a case on you? You must be feeling great and heroic writing
about women's cause. And this the result that every year 56, 000 men
are committing suicide and it does not make a difference to you.
A journalist and a reputed tabloid like TOI is believed by everyone
and such news by you, overtly hyped, heavily biased, and unnecessarily
sensationalized are creating panic in the society that women are a
liability and people are rushing to abortion clinics to abort the girl
child either as an infant or a foetus. Such news from sexist people
like you are increasing female feoticide in India. You are the one
responsible for such hoaxes.
Why have you not printed the husband's side of the story? Why has the
news made it to print when he is behind bars and not in a position to
give a statement? Why did you not raise the contention that this
matter is subjudice and you cannot print it without taking the views
of both the parties?
You call yourself the champion of women's causes with such article,
are the mothers and sisters of husbands not women? This yellow
journalism by TOI is spreading poison in the society and creating a
gender divide which will ultimately lead to a social catastrophe. My
job is to create awareness and warn you before hand about it. Choice
is yours whether you want to ignore it or heed to it.
Have you ever raised the question that 56, 000 husband killer wives
are roaming freely in the society?
Some websites for your education,
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