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Every 9 minutes a married man commits suicide in India

PTI | 03rd Oct 2013

Every nine minutes a married man commits suicide in India due to alleged misuse of section 498a of IPC against them, taking the toll to around a whopping 64,000 every year, says a report.

"National Crime Records Bureau statistics reveal more incidences of suicide by married men than by married women.

In 2012 approximately 64,000 married men committed suicide vis-a-vis 32,000 married women," says D S Rao, president of Hridaya-Nest of Family Harmony, an NGO, quoting a survey by it.

As per Section 498a the husband of a woman or his relative who subjects her to cruelty shall be punished with imprisonment for a term of up to to three years and shall also be liable to fine.

Rao said the misuse of 498a also leads to suffering of old parents as well as the family members and relatives of the men against whom the complaints have been lodged. 

"The law is not serving its purpose and is instead being used by a section of the people to vent their anger and extort married men and their families," claimed Amit Gupta, an official of the NGO.

In West Bengal the number of cases under the section has grown exponentially at the rate of 11 per cent in the last two years but the conviction rate has dropped to just 4.4 per cent from 6.3 per cent earlier, as per the survey.

 West Bengal accounts for 1.06 lakh case, which is more than 20 per cent of the total cases filed under the section and 80,000 people were arrested for such cases against him last year, Indranil Gupta, an official of the NGO said.

The NGO works for upholding the rights of married men and providing them mental support when falsely implicated under the section.

The police say it is 'really hard' prove the cases as false.

"Till now we have not been able to prove that thesem cases are false because they are cases of mental torture. How would you prove that mental torture has not taken place?" Joint CP(Crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh told PTI.


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by 498a (not verified) on
This law is totally used by feminist groups to settle personal score. After all, the police, lawyers and many more benefit from thousands of fake cases. This law needs reform so that it should never be misused.
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by Kannan puratchi... (not verified) on
Planned destruction of family system by having women favoring laws. Real victims need to be punished, whereas if acquitted same imprisonment punishment has to be given to wife. Then only misuse of laws will reduce. As per NCRB 80% of cases are acquited at lower courts itself and rest 18 percent are acquitted at sessions or high courts. So effective conviction rate is less than 2%. This breaks all these families blindly. Govt must need to revisit these gender biased family breaking laws and get correct gender neutral laws.
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by Indian_1 (not verified) on
65 yrs of ruling Congress party (known for scams like 2G, CWG, Coalgate, Bofors, Satyam, Irrigation, Defense, Cash for Vote, etc.) tries to bring laws to save convicted POLITICIANS but jails innocent hard working Aam Admi. Congress party on one side saving convicted hardcore criminal politicians other side sending innocent, hard working, poor common man to jail. Congress party should be annihilated in coming elections and should never be forgiven. Misuse of section 498 working against women itself. By misusing the law 1 woman for her petty desires or wishes sending atleast 5 other innocent hard working women to jail. Women's Commission and politicians wake up...
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by Mens Rights (not verified) on
India is a feminist and female dominated society. We have all along been fooled into believing that it is male dominated. Society was never male dominated. It was always gynocentric - that is female centric where the welfare of women is of top most priority. Shame on this anti-male society which promotes male hatred and treats men like mongrels.
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by Vijay Kumar John (not verified) on
The real criminal is not "woman" or "man" but the cheater. ALL cases of false 498A, ALL real incidence of "dowry harassment", stem from infidelity. And the 64000 dead men, AND 32000 dead women, (from suicides) and the more than 50,000 more dead from murder, are all victims of cheating. Don't blame anyone except society itself, which refuses to accept the existence of infidelity in society, and does not accept the harm it causes society. eg 93% of rapists are children of a cheating parent. 100% of serial killers are children of a cheating parent In almost ALL crimes, more than 90% of the criminals are children of cheating parents. Remove children from cheating parents and reduce their influence and you reduce crime in society by between 90 and 100%
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by Mallampati Suresh (not verified) on
False 498 a complainant should be prosecuted.


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