Suicide to Save Son a IPC 498A Vicitm

If there should be a law like 498A to protect housewives from cruel husbands and in-laws, there should also be a law to protect them from the hands of cruel women like my daughter-in-law Suicide note of Prasanta Kumar Ghosh, 71
A septuagenarian father has taken his own life to “save” his son and other tortured husbands.

Prasanta Kumar Ghosh blamed his death on his daughter-in-law’s threats to slap false torture charges and demanded a law to protect husbands and in-laws in such a predicament.

“My daughter-in-law is responsible for my death. I take the decision to end my life only to save thousands of husbands and their family members from the hands of cruel women like her,” the retired government employee in
Hooghly’s Mogra wrote in a neatly folded three-page note he left behind in his shirt pocket.

Ghosh’s daughter-in-law was allegedly involved in an extra-marital affair with a cop in the area. “(But) neither me nor my son could protest as she threatened every day that she would lodge a complaint against us under section 498A,” wrote the 71-year-old.

In Calcutta High Court on Friday, Justice A.K. Banerjee read the note at least twice before the division bench, also including Justice R.N. Roy, dismissed the daughter-in-law’s plea for anticipatory bail. The police have charged the 31
year-old daughter-in-law with abetment to suicide.

“I know my letter will reach a judge one day. I would like him to consider my case. If there should be a law like 498A to protect housewives from cruel husbands and in-laws, there should also be a law to protect them from the hands of cruel women like my daughter-in-law,” wrote Ghosh.

Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code was introduced in 1983 to fight harassment for dowry. Under the law, a husband and his relatives can be jailed for life. The “cruelty” charge means immediate arrest and lawyers said the accused had no option but to
wait out the investigation period. “Once the investigation reveals that a false complaint had been lodged, they can sue the woman and her kin,” said advocate and ex-mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharyya.

Complaints about the misuse of Section 498A have been levelled before by in-laws at the receiving end of threats.

Advocate Jayanta Narayan Chatterjee said such complaints were on the rise.

“Around four out of 10 complaints of harassment against husbands and in-laws do not stand in court.” Pratip Ghosh found his father hanging at their home in Mogra, about 65km from Calcutta, when he returned home after dropping his six-year-old son at school on June 25. The police found the note in Ghosh’s pocket.
Opposing the daughter-inlaw’s plea for a reprieve, government counsel Pradip Roy furnished a copy of the FIR Pratip had filed after his father’s death. “My wife was adamant in nature and did not want to keep a good relationship with me and my father. In my absence, she used to meet a person (the cop)…. He sometimes came to our house in my absence…. My father had opposed all this… the matter has maligned us in society,” it said.

Pratip is married for eight years. Ghosh had initially opposed his son’s relationship with her “but he accepted her after some time”, Pratip wrote in the FIR.
Women’s organisations chose not to read too much into the tragedy. “It is not so easy to misuse the law,” said Indrani Sinha of Sanlaap.

“Even if a woman is trying to misuse section 498A, her family, in this case her father-inlaw and husband, could easily have taken precaution in the form of going to the police first and lodging a complaint.

If they are innocent, they need not fear.” Sinha also pointed to the domestic violence law that “does try to protect women” but can also “be used by the men, or any member of a family who is facing a problem at home”.

On behalf of MyNation Foundation I salute such a great Father, May his Soul rest in peace.
And beleive at least his Blood and sacrifies will not go waste and Punish the misuser.

and wonder how many Innocent men Blood NCW / WCD want more which defend such Misuse.

8 thoughts on “Suicide to Save Son a IPC 498A Vicitm

  1. Such a situation exists because the politicians at the Centre government are not making the laws gender neutral. This maybe because they are being bribed by woman organisations. Congress government is becoming like British raj where the ministers are living in a world of their own with no care for the aam aadmi.


  3. randiya to 498a karengi hi karengi, kuch to apne bhaiyon or baap se bhi kaam karwati hain, 498a lagane wali ladki main koi character hota hi nahi hai.

  4. May his soul rest in peace. He has a character no less that a Army jawan gaurding the nation’s borders

  5. if we want to save family,counseling must before case going to court.i know that FAMILY PARAMARSH KRNDRA is there.but it do not work properly.bcoz NObody want to go Police station. and counsellar is not serious & highly educated.IF WIFE BECAME AGRASIVE AFTER PREGNANCY PL TAKE ADVICE DOCTOR before going court.

  6. even in the rural areas people are filing false 498 a the law the men from it’s own.

  7. i m suffering from 498a/323/34 , some day before she asked me 6-8 lakh to give them but i have only 3 lakh but they did not agree , they want more and after some day (13/3/14) they lodge fir on me and my family, we are running out side for bail, and i cant see my family behind bar, i decide to do sucide to save my family but i think it do not work, so please suggest me what to do

  8. We all face 498A but we never thought about committing suicide;
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