Passed by Indian Parliament, Indian Penal Code :
Whoever, being the husband or the relative of the husband ofa woman, subjects such
woman to cruelty shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend
to three years and shall also be liable to fine. The offence is Cognizable,
Your wife, or her female relatives whose demands are not met can
make a written false complaint of dowry harassment to a nearby police station. The
husband, his old parents and relatives are immediately arrested without sufficient
investigation and put behind bars on a nonflammable terms. Even if the complaint is
false, you shall be presumed guilty until you prove that you are innocent.
IPC can only be invoked by women. Most cases where Sec is invoked turn
out to be false (as repeatedly accepted by High Courts and Supreme Court in India) as
they are mere blackmail attempts by the wife (or her close relatives).
In most cases complaint is followed by the demand of huge amount of money
extortion) to settle the case out of the court. This section is nonflammable (you have to
appear in court and get bail from the judge), (complaint can' t be
withdrawn) and cognizable (register and investigate the complaint, although in
practice most of the time arrest happens before investigation).
There have been countless instances where, without any investigation, the police has
arrested elderly parents, unmarried sisters, pregnant and even 3 year old
children. In these cases unsuspecting family of husband has to go through a lot of
mental torture and harassment by the corrupt Indian legal system. Atypical case goes
on for years ( years is typical) and the conviction rate is about 286 only.
Every 9 minutes a married man commits suicide in India due to alleged misuse of
section of IPC against them, taking the toll to around
a whopping 64, aoo suicides every year, says a report.