Looks like the time is not far when even the buffaloes and dog of the husbands house will be arrested in dowry harassment laws .
Misuse of the Dowry harassment laws seem to hold no bounds as the genetically honest Indian woman file case with whatever allegation they can think of . The Indian judiciary believes that Indian woman are the direct descendents of the likes of Sita and Shakuntala and hence they lack the gene present in the body that enables lies . So they have created laws which do not questions the woman’s version of the story . They have created laws where no prima facie evidence is needed for the police of Jail whole families including women and children. The husband and his family in India is always considered to be criminals till the time they are acquitted by the court
In the latest case of 498A ( Anti Dowry law ) Misuse the vicious wife has also included the name of the 2 month old baby of the second wife of the husband as a dowry harasser . Women who misuse the anti dowry law ( only 2% women use the Anti dowry law and the rest 98% misuse it according to Government statistics ) routinely include as many relatives of the husband as possible . Relatives including unmarried sisters and pregnant women who never stayed with the couple are also named almost all the time in the dowry harassment complaints . Many times relatives living in a different country are named in the false complaints made .
After handing such biased and one sided laws to unscrupulous women the government then “entrusts” the investigation of such case to the most corrupt government agency in Indian the Indian Police Force . The force functions on bribes and these people will not think twice before implicating the buffalo of the house in a dowry harassment case . Below are some glaring statistics in Dowry cases .
Below are the benefactors of the Anti Dowry law in India .
1) Unscrupulous aka ’empowered’ wives:-
These people are the primary benefactors of the draconian anti-dowry law, section 498A law. The level of misuse has reached epic proportions in the last four years and if it has made someone rich, it is these folks. These people being the primary accusers in the cases go to great lengths to file false cases. False medical certificates are made, the cases are planned and filed meticulously. The compromise money demanded to withdraw the false 498A cases has now reached anywhere between 10 lakhs to 40 crore (a recent southern film star was threatened with a false 498A unless he forked out Rs 40 Crore as ’compromise’ money). These women then have a cut in the share of the booty that they manage to extort, get a favourable divorce and resume the hunt for their next prey.
2) The lawyers of India:-
The lawyers have a field day when the falsely accused families run to the lawyers for getting advice when their entire families have been put behind bars. The increase in the number of false cases in India has increased astronomically and so has the revenues of these lawyers. The people also sometimes provide false advice and collude with the members of the girl’s families to sell out their clients in turn paving the way for more extortion. These people are also currently benefiting from the thousands of false domestic violence cases that are flooding the Indian judiciary system.
3) Police and IO:-
One of the most corrupt government agencies of India, these people are another major benefactor of the false 498A cases. These people are the wife’s henchmen in uniform in false 498A cases. They try to arrest, terrorise the husband’s family having total disregard for senior citizens, women and children. These people break the rules of Indian Constitution on every count and have scant disregard for all judgments that have set down guidelines for arresting citizens of India. We have cases where these knights in shining armour have dragged 90-year-old women to the court under the dowry harassment cases. They look for opportunities to make money first from the girl’s side to unleash legal terrorism on the husband’s family and then after the husband and his family is arrested, extort money from the husband and his family for releasing them and giving them any leverage in the police station. Not only that they try to negotiate the compromise amount and have a fixed cut in the `compromise’ amount that is extorted from the husband.
4) Crime against women cells (CAW cell):-
The so called cells, which were created with the intention of being counsellors to investigate and resolve differences in sensitive matrimonial issues, now has turned into a ’mafia den’ for extortion in false 498A cases. Here is where husbands families are humiliated, terrorised into payment of compromise money to `resolve’ differences. The women in these cells are no less than henchwomen who do not think twice before using brutal physical force to make their victims succumb to pressure and extortion demands. Once the payment is being made, the CAW cell women have a good cut in the booty.
5) Radical NGO’s:-
If police and CAW cells are henchmen then the non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) are the bloodhound. These organisations at the slightest smell of a marital discord between a woman and her ’well to do’ husband start counselling the wife instead of resolving the marital discord and urge her to file false 498A and DV cases. Rarely will you find a NGO helping the wife of a bus conductor or a sweeper. These NGO always work with the wives of rich individuals where money is there to be made.
6) The National Commission of Women:-
Lovingly called as the National Commission of Wives, this agency although does not directly benefit from extortion amount in these false 498A they are a great indirect benefactor.This agency is an expert in fudging numbers and always push for laws to falsely increase the count of women that have fallen prey to dowry harassment and other similar cases. Recently, the agency came up with the historical recommendation to convert any unnatural death of women to be categorised as ’dowry deaths’. They are also an epitome of unaccountability and have done nothing for the 120,000 women who have been arrested in the past four years under the anti dowry law. The leadership of this agency is ordinary and totally unaccountable. The chairperson of this agency quote numbers, which have no basis for support. This organisation now says that the false cases are because of ’ignorance’ on the part of the woman. Is using a criminal law under ignorance tantamount to its misuse ? The agency tries to sensationalise the condition of women in India and provide staggering false numbers to the press and agencies like the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) to gain funds for itself and its sister NGO’s.