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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Rajya Sabha-Petition praying for amendments in Section 498A of IPC

The Committee on Petitions of the Rajya Sabha, under the Chairmanship
of Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Member, Rajya Sabha, is considering a
petition praying for amendments in Section 498A of Indian Penal Code, 1860.
The petitioner in his petition has pointed out the extensive abuse and misuse of
this provision of the Penal Code. According to the petitioner, the abused
population undergoes tremendous harassment and torture. As these provisions
of the penal code presently go, a complaint without much authenticity or any
weight of evidence is enough to arrest the husband or the in-laws or anyone else
named in the complaint, irrespective of whether any crime has taken place or not.
The petitioner, accordingly, has prayed for suitable modification in section 498A
of Penal Code so as to check its abuse and protect the interest of innocent
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