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Anti-dowry law to be amended, will allow room for compromise

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Anti-dowry law to be amended, will allow room for compromise

May 14, 2015

NEW DELHI: Government has made up its mind to make the cases of cruelty or harassment of women at the hands of husband and in-laws a compoundable offence. Minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju in an oral reply in Rajya Sabha said that the home ministry is merely waiting for an opinion from the law ministry on the issue to take the step.

TOI had on March 22 reported that the government was in the process of amending the law to make it compoundable. At the moment, the offence is non-bailable and non-compoundable leaving no chance for a husband and wife to reach a compromise after the case has been filed.

"This is a family issue. If it can be resolved within the family, such a window should be available under the law. For this we have sought an opinion from the law ministry. As soon as we get it, we will bring the amendment," Rijiju told Rajya Sabha.

When some women MPs protested saying that harassed women had nowhere to go, Rijiju said that Section 498A, which deals with the offence, was very stringent. "So stringent that it is being misused," he said even as he assured that there would be no compromise on protecting women who are harassed. "Our proposal is only about Section 320 of CrPC which makes the offence compoundable. Just focus on that," he said.

MoS (Home) Haribhai Parthibhai Chadhary too, in a written reply, informed the House about the proposal. He also said that about 9% of cases of cruelty or harassment of women registered in 2013, were false or bad in law.

However, "there is no direct evidence or study available to suggest that this (section 498A of IPC) is one of the most abused laws in the country," he said.

Quoting National Crime Records Bureau data, he said that in 2013, a total of 1,18,866 cases were registered under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code for cruelty by husband or his relatives.

The number of such cases was 1,06,527 in 2012 and 99,135 in the previous year. "After police investigation, 10,193 cases in 2011, 10,235 in 2012 and 10,864 in 2013 were found to be false or suffering from mistake of fact or law," the minister said.

He said the Law Commission of India in two of its reports had recommended that Section 498A should be made compoundable with the permission of the courts. "The government has accepted these recommendations," he said. Replying to supplementary questions, home minister Rajnath Singh said the process to make the provision compoundable has been started, but assured the House that women would get justice if they are harassed.

Anti-dowry law to be amended, will allow room for compromise - The Times of India
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