A recent news from Belagavi says that an honest officer T B Majjagi was hounded due to a false sexual harassment complaint filed against him. However, he was able to come clean in all enquiries and it was found that the complaints against him were filed with malicious intentions. Below is coverage of the news from the Times of India newspaper:
On May 5, 2015 many men under the aegis of Centre for Men’s Rights and supported by a few women staged a demonstration in Mysuru demanding the scrapping of Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code, Domestic Violence Act 2005 and similar laws allegedly said to suffer from a gender bias.
They raised slogans against the law and said most of them were victims of the misuse of Section 498A under which a woman can file a complaint of dowry harassment and the accused could be taken into custody by the police immediately without sufficient evidence or investigation.
Full text of this recent judgment is available on another site http://menrightsindia.net/2014/07/automatic-arrest-498a-says-supreme-court.html so you may visit there to read it in full. Below are some of the salient points helpful to people who may be facing threat of arbitrary and unjustified arrests under IPC 498a, or any other offence punishable up to 7 years.
This news about proposal to create so called marriage insurance (but really divorce insurance) could have been ignored but for the fact that this idea about divorce insurance is proposed by Chief Justice of High Court of Andhra Pradesh, and it has been supported by highest insurance regulatory body in India, the IRDA. So when the biggies are behind some force-the-divorce idea, we have a nagging suspicion that the divorce/domestic violence industry could be behind it.
A few days back Mulayam Singh Yadav, leader of Samajwadi Party made a statement about rape including false rape cases during an election rally which was twisted completely out of context and splashed all over the media, cashing in and keeping alive the rape hysteria among Indian public after the Nirbhaya rape case in Dec 2012.
Lucknow: Mulayam Singh Yadav believes that voters should pick his Samajwadi Party because it will fight to check “the large-scale misuse” of the tougher anti-rape law introduced after the fatal gang-rape of a young woman on a moving bus in Delhi. His commitment was made in his party manifesto which was released today.
It is no hidden secret that IPC 498a is a weapons of human rights abuse of husband and his family/relatives, and judiciary including Supreme Court has given instances of its gross misuse and directives to government and law ministry for prevention of IPC 498a misuse and amendments. Some police circulars have been issued in various states to prevent arbitrary arrests under 498a, but they are often not followed by police. The suggestion to law ministry for amending 498a has also been pending for 2 years.
In UK they have proposed to expand the scope of domestic violence as per the following news report.
Men who bully their partners by verbally abusing them, taking control of their finances or isolating them from friends and family are guilty of domestic violence and could be prosecuted, ministers will say tomorrow.
Under the proposed PREVENTION OF COMMUNAL AND TARGETED VIOLENCE (ACCESS TO JUSTICE AND REPARATIONS) BILL, 2011, the sole testimony of a victim will be enough to convict a man of sexual assault. From the draft bill:
70. Evidentiary standard for sexual assault.- Upon the sole testimony of the victim of sexual assault, the Designated Judge appointed under this Act may conclude that an offence of sexual assault has been committed by the accused against the said victim.