AP ignores MHA guidelines on dowry cases

Written by DC Correspondent,

Hyderabad , April 26: Section 498 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which imposes stringent penalties on the husband and his relatives if they are found to be guilty in dowry related cases, had promised to be a boon for women. However, legal loopholes have led to rampant misuse of the legislation.

Dowry harassment is cognisable, non-compoundable and non-bailable. But allegations have surfaced for some time now that loopholes in the law have left it open to abuse and exploitation.

The ministry of home affairs (MHA) issued an advisory last month on dealing with dowry harassment cases under Section 498A of the IPC to prevent it being misused. But the state police is yet to begin the exercise of differentiating between real and false cases when affecting arrests. In its annual report 2009-10, the MHA has said: “MHA is of the view that 498A, the Dowry Prohibition Act and the Domestic Violence Act, which provide protection and legal remedies to women should not be tinkered with.

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