Misuse of IPC 498 A? Amending it soon..!

now-fatwa-against-organising-dinner-lunch-with-dowry-money_031114014434The Indian government is planning to amend the IPC 498 A as there is a widespread allegation that this act was being misused. There were negative comments that the said act was being used by ladies against their husbands and in-laws even for petty quarrels and for settling old grudges. In the wake of such strong allegations the Centre was planning to amend it in such a fashion that it would serve for a compromise on the crime. The Centre was of the view that the amended act would facilitate a compromise outside the court. In the past law commission and Justice Malimath panel made several recommendations on 498 A. The home ministry considering the recommendations is shortly placing before the Central Cabinet. At present the accused is left with no alternative as he cannot come out with a bail or fine once the case is filed against him/her. Much less is scope for any compromise.


Husband or his parents will be guilty and face trial unless they prove in the court that they were not guilty. The accused would be jailed for three years. As many as 10 percent of wrong cases were filed in the court every year and the government is planning to put a halt to this practice. However, mahila bodies were opposed to this change and demanded that the same act should continue.  Lady advocates argued that chances of harassment of women would rise once the act is altered.

Medaram Jathara

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