Allegation | Wives trapping husbands for money
P K Surendran, Bengaluru
Recession hit IT engineers are now facing a double hit from wives who trap them in dowry cases. After the Domestic Violence Act came in 2005, people in IT, BPO professions and business people got hit with dowry cases to the tune of 56%.
All over India, such cases are rising at the rate of 20% per annum. This allegation has been put by Pandurang Katti, President of Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF), a harassed husbands association. As per him, the facts came out when last a survey was conducted amongst 1200 such people who were facing the cases. When asked, as to why only people from IT-BPO and business were most hit, Kati replied, “Because they have more money.” As per National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), 50, 703 dowry cases were registered in 2003 which has shot up to 75, 930 in 2007. SIFF has sent various memorandums to the President of India, Chief Justice of India, Law Commission of India, UPA Chairperson Sonia apprising them of the new practice of extorting money in the name of dowry cases.
Says MG Kumar from India International Law Firm, “I have seen scores of cases where high-earning husbands have been unnecessarily trapped.” Another senior lawyer says he fought a case for an IT Engineer who had married an orphan girl. But later, the relatives of the girl forced her to file a dowry case against her husband so that they can extort money from him.