No eyewitnesses or evidence is required for filing a case under Section 498A of the IPC, and there is no punishment for filing a false case just to abuse others. The outcome in such cases is:
harassment of entire families by the legal system at the behest of some abusive wives/daughter-in-laws and at times jail for no rhyme or reason! Therefore, the abusive wives/daughter-in-laws who file false cases sleep in peace, without a care in the world.
I am not a young woman but I am, like many other women, a working mother with a son of a marriageable age who adheres to some professional ethics and has worked hard to save up enough to put a roof over my familys head. I am sure all women my age dont want to go the way many other mother in laws have over the past 2 decades, had their homes broken, destroyed and taken away by an abusive and lazy daughter-in-law.
In the 21st century, many such abusive daughter-in-laws will be soon crossing our ways. And if you fail to submit to their whims and fancies, then they will not shirk away from using the ultimate weapon of 498A. The will even have you imprisoned and your familys reputation and honor destroyed by filing a false case of rape/domestic violence/dowry harassment. What the heck if you are innocent? Nobody in the legal system cares. They all want your money. Thats the message sent out by the lawmakers and the police of the country.
Evidence, Eyewitness and Investigative agencies seem dwarfed terminologies making a shallow parody of legal/political/moral fairness in India. Loopholes at different levels have cleared the path for wives/daughter-in-laws who want to misuse Section 498A of the IPC.
Whats makes it worse is if the abusive wives/daughter-in-laws have contacts and are willing to provide everybody a share of the moolah. A conscience, some courage, the passion to stand up for whats right – nah! These are mothballed virtues, which have no place in todays world. Thats the message sent out by the ill-educated urban women of the 21st century, who did a volte face in the values of morality, honesty, and decency.
What about the support of your friends and relatives if you are falsely accused in a 498A case?
You may be run over by a vehicle or murdered before hundreds, but cowardly threads will tie their tongues and festoons for your in happier days photographs. They all will wormhole their way to safety if a 498A has been filed against you.
I am severely burdened. One more dictum has been thrust on me. My progressive horizon is suddenly bleak.
One may counter that only the wearer knows where the shoe bites. Any sane person will run for his life from marriage to an educated urban woman of the 21st century rather then let the sword dangle on his head under such circumstances. But there were hundreds of them who have been programmed from an early age to respond to a young womans tears without a care for the truth.
Today it was some other family, tomorrow it could be one of your sons who might get taken for a ride by the new-age urban woman who feels that nobody else but she and her parental family have all the rights. Who will the cowardly turn to, then, for support, having rendered none themselves?
The lessons then:
Never commit the blasphemy of allowing your son to marry the new-age urban Indian woman because otherwise you will be running from pillar to post for justice. It could take more than six years and all your savings. However, the people with connections (like Chief Minister Hooda and Home Minister Advani) will always get off with ease.
Please dont suggest pre- or post-nuptial agreements for my son in these days of adversity. The members of the NCW may knock me down in a spur of vicious rage before even I could start thinking about it.
The cumbersome cargo of these spooky thoughts have drooped my confidant gait. Some mothers might want to scream shame, but whats the use if you live in India or if you live abroad and you want your son to marry an urban Indian woman. Its all in vain because the Indian legal and political system (controlled by the corrupt) recognizes no other country`s law but expects every other country to obey its orders.
Society needs to change with the times. The ill-educated urban Indian woman of the 21st century is even more devious and better equipped to get away with all kinds of falsehoods (fake tears, fake breasts, fake lips, fake hymens, painted faces, sugar-coated double-speak talk, natural lies,every ready to display her wares) than all her predecessors. The unsuspecting male does not realize what hit him until well after it hits him and his entire family.
Only a united stand will ensure justice for the innocent and result in punishment for the
criminal families who file false 498A cases. There need to be stronger checks and balances in place to punish such false accusers and their corrupt helpers.
Will the wives/daughter-in-laws who file false cases with impunity, repeat that dastardly act again once the legal system starts meting out severe punishment to the false accusers? Most probably, No.