This is the stand by The GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

If you ask a Thief;

Was there any Theft ?

He say NO; Swear and deny. so NCW
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MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
MINISTRY OF 73
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 2698
TO BE ANSWERED ON 22.08.2005

AMENDMENTS TO DOWRY PROHIBITION ACT .

2698. SHRI ABU ASIM AZMI AMAR SINGH

Will the Minister of HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:-

(a) whether Government are aware that section 498-A of the Indian Penal Code enacted to prevent harassment to women for dowry is being misused by women to harass their in-laws;

(b) if so, whether Government propose to amend the Dowry Prohibition Act so as to avoid its misuse;

(c) if so, the details thereof and by when, if not, the reasons therefor; and

(d) whether it is also a fact that complaints against the in-laws and their family members are registered in the police stations even after lapse of ten or more years of the marriage and if so, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (SHRIMATI KANTI SINGH)

(a) National Commission for Women (NCW) has informed that there is no statistical data available to prove that Section 498 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) is being misused by women to harass their in-laws.

(b)&(c) Does not arise.

(d) In terms of Section 498 A of the IPC, if a person being the husband or the relative of the husband of a woman subjects her to cruelty, he can be held guilty of offence under the said Section. Subjecting the woman to cruelty at any time during the marriage is culpable under this Section.

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