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.
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 a recent discussion on a TV channel about men’s suicides in India, the woman panelist gave some interesting opinions about the importance (or lack of it) of men’s suicides. The video is linked below.
At 36:00 min, the woman makes a comments which would gladden the hearts of all radical feminists. She says:
There is a trend in media and society to discredit and denigrate all men in general, and so it should come as no surprise that the personal life and reputation of someone like Albert Einstein could also not have been immune to such perfidious onslaught.
Here is a recent news which sounds interesting in the vein of “dog bites man” variety, but it hides more than it discloses. We attempt to give the hidden story which has not been shared with the readers of news below:
Recent news in Bangalore, Karnataka says: cops asked to exercise caution in dowry cases. Well really, this is nothing new but circular issued in Oct 2010 which maybe Bangalore police is re-discovering now that there has been high-profile murder cases due to fear of false cases, and also request by major IT companies in Bangalore to police to not arrest (everyone in family and the dog) merely on filing of a dowry harassment (IPC 498a) case on husband.
Memorandum against abuse and arrests of mothers-in-law and sisters-in-law in Section 498a and DV act cases.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, 2012, we the women representing the community of mothers-in-law and sisters-in-law would highlight the discrimination and abuse faced by us in Karnataka and all over India.
‘Give Iron Woman award to my mom, aunt’New Delhi, Mar 2, 2012, DHNS:
Man demands payback for 9 years of suffering in dowry case
“I was sent to the torture cell for 10 days. I have been beaten black and blue. I still have scars on my arms,” said Munish Dalal, remembering his days in the police lock-up.