Dowry is one of the greatest social disasters ever confronted by our nation,
and no enlightened society ought to endure this, and every effort is made to
eradicate this evil practice. And on the other hand, the violence that affects
an individual's life, including physical emotional and mental disturbance is
known as Domestic Violence. It is an infringement of the basic human right.
Different nations have recognized it as a genuine danger to an individual's
overall development. India has likewise distinguished domestic violence at home
as a brutal crime and provides help and security from it – sadly the help is
extended just towards women
Furthermore, some corrupt wives unleash this devastation on her husband and his
family only for
the sake of luring money out of them. Domestic violence at home against men is nearly nil as there
is no provision in any law to protect a man. Accordingly, we have numerous
situations where women utilize their privileges to submit a bogus question
against their spouses to irritate them. Besides, everybody, including our
government, has neglected to address the viciousness suffered by men.
How husbands are affected
Lately, the criminal law has gone through some extremist changes to protect
women, which has led to giving more teeth to the existing laws (D.P. Act, 498-A,
406 IPC and so forth). As these laws are non-compoundable and non-bailable, the
chance of compromise between the spouses after suit is close to nil. It implies
when the complaint is made, everyone named in the complaint is blamed in the
Section 498-A of the IPC is a criminal law wherein the wife, and her parental
family can charge any or the entire husband's family of physical or mental
Typically, the charged relatives in these cases include:
- Mostly women, of all ages (unmarried, wedded sisters of the spouse, his
mother and sisters- in-law, old grandmothers and aunts.)
- Other maternal and fatherly family members and even small kids in the
Attributes of 498-A, Indian Penal Code:
The charged can be arrested and imprisoned without warrant or
The complainant can't be withdrawn by the petitioner (chances of living
together respectively again are lost.)
The accused should show up in the Court to demand bail.
Even on a single complaint of the wife, the husband and his whole family can be confined in a jail,
with an estimated 40,000 allegations for every year and an average of 5
individuals from the husband's family implicated in each of these 498-A cases,
around 200,000 individuals are straightforwardly affected by these cases.
It is pertinent to note here that, the genuine victims of the evil of dowry, the
rural Indian women are not educated about their privileges and neglect to
utilize these laws. Be that as it may, some
Indian urban educated women have reversed the situation and are utilizing these laws as a weapon
to release individual feud on their spouses and innocent family members.
The most recent addition in women's lawful cannons is The Protection of Women
This law is pro-women and anti-men and assumes each man as a virtual torturer and
assumes women to be the casualties. This law is profoundly vague and discusses
verbal/financial and psychological mistreatment of women. Numerous husbands and
their relatives, falsely implicated in these cases have committed suicide after
being imprisoned, unfit to bear the social trauma.
Hon'ble Supreme Court and different High Courts have time and again demonstrated
worry over this developing danger by seeing that "By abuse of the section (IPC
498-A - Dowry and Cruelty Law) new legal terrorism can be released. The section
is expected to be utilized as a shield, and not as a professional killer's
weapon says the Hon'ble Supreme Court. Simply because the section is declared
constitutional, it doesn't permit deceitful people to wreck individual quarrel.
In the case of Sushil Kumar Sharma vs Union of India and others
, the Hon'ble Supreme Court held
the object of the provision is the prevention of the dowry menace. But as has been rightly
contended by the petitioner, many instances have come to light where the
complaints are not bonafide and have been filed with oblique motive. In such cases, the acquittal of the accused does
not, in all cases wipe out the ignominy suffered during and before trial. Sometimes negative media
coverage adds to the misery.
Therefore, the question is what remedial measures
can be taken to
prevent abuse of the well-intentioned provision. Merely because the provision is constitutional and
intra vires, does not give unscrupulous persons a licence to wreck personal
vendetta or unleash harassment. Therefore, it may become necessary for the
legislature to find out how the makers of frivolous complaints or allegations
can be appropriately dealt with. Till then, the Courts have to take care of the
situation within the existing framework."
Ample opportunity has been given to the legislators’/law implementation
pay notice and review these laws in the public interest to check the developing abuse of these laws
to guarantee impartial justice and protect the sacred and pious institution
In Arnesh Kumar v. the State of Bihar
, (2014), in an endeavour to guarantee that
police officer doesn't capture the charged pointlessly, and Magistrate doesn't
approve detainment nonchalantly and precisely in cases under Section 498-An IPC,
the Court gave certain directions (nonetheless, the directions apply
additionally to different situations where the offence is guilty with the
detainment of not more than seven years) which include:
Rajesh Sharma v. The State of U.P.,
- Police officials not to consequently arrest the accused when a
case under 498-An IPC is
registered. They ought to satisfy themselves about the necessity to arrest under parameters
moving from Section 41 CrPC (the judgment sets out the parameters).
- Police officials will fill the checklist (containing indicated
sub-clauses under Section 41(1)(b)(ii) CrPC) and furnish the reasons and
material requiring the arrest.
- The Magistrate will approve confinement exclusively after
recording its fulfilment on the police officers' report outfitted.
- If the police officers neglect to comply with the directions,
they will be at risk for departmental action and court contempt.
- Failure of the Judicial Magistrate to comply with the directions
will make him liable for departmental action by the suitable High
2017- In this case, the Supreme Court
offered directions to prevent abuse of Section 498-An IPC, which were additionally altered in Social Action Forum for
Manav Adhikar v. Association of India
These directions include:
Ram Kumar Nanki vs State of Madhya Pradesh
- Complaints under Section 498-A and other associated offences
might be examined exclusively by an assigned Investigating
Officer of that area.
- If a settlement is made between the parties, it is available
to them to approach the High Court under Section 482 looking for
seeking quashing of proceedings or some other request.
- If a bail application is filed within at least one day's
notice to the Public Prosecutor/complainant, the same might be
decided as far as possible around the same day. Recovery of
disputed dowry things may not, without help from anyone else, be
a ground for refusal of bail if maintenance or different rights
of wife/minor children can, in any case, be secured.
- In regard of people normally living out of India,
appropriating passports or issuance of Red Corner Notice ought
not to be a daily practice.
- These directions won't have any significant bearing if there
should be an occurrence of tangible physical injuries or death.
[Criminal Appeal No.814 of 2020]- The
Supreme Court has acquitted a man convicted by the Trial Court and the High
Court in a dowry death case. In this case, the accused's wife had passed on by
setting herself on fire. The dying declaration indicated that the reason for
which the deceased set herself on fire was the household
fight with the husband. Thus, both the Trial Court and the Chhattisgarh High Court considered this
dying declaration and statements of certain witnesses to convict the accused
under Sections 304- B and 498-An IPC. He was condemned to be detained for
Then the counsel for the accused brought to the Supreme Court's notice that the
dying declaration revealed that the deceased herself poured lamp fuel oil upon
her and set herself burning and that the testimony of the concerned doctor very
much upheld the dying declaration. He contended that the vague claims against
the accused by certain witnesses couldn't be taken to be adequate proof of
The bench including Justices L. Nageswara Rao, Vineet
S. Ravindra Bhat, permitting the allure, held that the dying declaration shows
that the deceased's
immediate cause to set herself afire was the domestic quarrel with the husband.
declaration gives details as to how the deceased suffered burn injuries and disclosed the immediate
cause for her to take the extreme step.
There is nothing on record to indicate
that the dying declaration was obtained by fraud or misrepresentation or that
the statement was not correctly recorded. It was recorded by a doctor, an
independent person and satisfied all the requirements.
In case a false complaint is registered against men by their wife, they have two
choices: to defend
their case and wait for the judgment or file a counter case against their wife and prover them wrong,
as detailed underneath.
Men can protect themselves and their family from being sent to prison given the
They have the following alternatives to safeguard their family
- Record all conversations (voice, chat, email, letters,
and so on) with those threatening and keep the originals in
a protected place and not produce the actual evidence before
- Gather evidence to demonstrate that they have neither
demanded dowry nor have accepted it nonetheless.
- Gather evidence to demonstrate that the wife moved out
of the obligation of marriage for no legitimate explanation.
- This evidence will be productive at the time of getting
anticipatory bail or notice bail from the Court.
Document RCR (Restitution of Conjugal Rights)- Suppose the wife has left her
husband's place after all the threatening. In that case, men can file RCR
(Restitution of Conjugal Rights) referencing the conditions that she ought to
concur on before she begins living with her husband once again.
Men can file counter cases against their wife to present the defence stronger
and expect an earlier settlement. The following is a rundown of counter cases
they can file to reinforce their case.
Section of 120B IPC, 1860:
Punishment of Criminal Conspiracy – Husbands can
file a case against their wife alleging that she is conspiring to commit a crime
against him and his family.
Section 167 of IPC, 1860:
Public servant outlining a wrong document to cause
injury – If the husband believes that the police officers are helping their wife
in submit a false complaint and
framing false documents, he can file a case against them claiming their false framing of documents.
Section 182 of IPC, 1860:
False information, with the intent to cause public servant to utilize his
legal capacity to the injury of someone else – What usually happens is that the
public servant in his power accomplishes something which probably won't be a
reality, so, false information is circulated to depress the evidence.
Section 191 of IPC, 1860:Giving false evidence –
If the husband presumes that
his wife or
anyone is introducing false evidence against him in the Court of law or police headquarters, he can
file a case asserting that the evidence which is being utilized to prosecute him
is false, which consequently make the total charges false.
Section 197 of IPC, 1860:
Issuing or signing a false certificate– Perjury is a crime; one can't sign
a false certificate and claim it to be valid. Consequently, if somebody suffers
due to some wrong certificate, he can prove himself innocent after showing
Section 471 of IPC, 1860:
Using as genuine a forged [document or electronic record]. Whoever
falsely or unscrupulously utilizes as genuine any [document or electronic
record] which he knows or has the reason to accept to be a forged [document or
electronic record], will be punished similarly as though he had manufactured
such [document or electronic record].
Section 500 IPC, 1860:
Defamation – Reputation is one's greatest treasure. So
on the off chance that somebody attempts to defame a person, he/she may use any,
and all means can drag them to Court for the harm endured due to their
ill-conduct. They will be qualified to pay the harms by monetary terms.
Section 506 of IPC, 1860:
Punishment for Criminal Intimidation – The husband
can file a case against his wife, claiming that she threatens him to hurt
himself or his family or property. Yet again, the evidence is the only thing
which can uphold his case.
Section 227 of Cr.P.C., 1973:
If the husband believes that the complaint filed by his wife is false,
he can file a complaint under section 227 expressing that the 498-A case filled by his wife is bogus.
In case that he has enough evidence, or on the off chance that the wife needs
more proof to substantiate the charges, the chances are that the judge excuses
the 498-A case as it is a framed one.
Section 9 of CPC, 1908:
Damage recovery case – If the wife breaks into the
husband's home, makes a scene, and goes to 'protection official' and falsely
claims that the husband tortured her
'emotionally, physically or monetarily', the husband can file a damage recovery case under Section
9 of CPC against his wife. Legitimately, he should give notice around the same
time or the following day. The suit will proceed for quite a while.
The false objection against men is increasing each day, and it's a significant
issue as it disregards basic fundamental liberties. The issue is obscure to
anyone; everyone knows how women abuse
the law's provisions to satisfy their unlawful demands against their spouses. The Supreme Court is
additionally working hard on bringing amendments to laws protecting
Indian men. In this light, in its judgements, the Court laid out a few rules
against the arbitrary arrest of men in section 498-A cases.
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