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Section 498-A being misused to implicate husband’s entire family: Bombay High Court

23 Oct 2020 12:00 AM

Nowadays, women and their families have started making vague allegations against every member of the husband’s family, implicating everybody under Section 498-A of the Indian Penal Code, Bombay high court observed last week.

Nowadays, women and their families have started making vague allegations against every member of the husband’s family, implicating everybody under Section 498-A of the Indian Penal Code, Bombay high court observed last week.

The bench struck down the first information report registered at Sakkardara police station in September 2012 against Shabnam Sheikh, her husband Arif and Shabnam’s sister Shamans, after noticing that the complainant, Dr Kausar Fatima, wife of Shabnam’s brother Shabbir, had levelled vague allegations against the three.

The bench struck down the offence against them after noticing that the complainant had alleged that they threatened her saying they were connected with higher authorities in the police and other departments, and taunted her for being of no use to her husband, despite being educated.

The high court said the vague statements and taunts cannot be said to constitute cruelty to a married woman, as contemplated under Section 498-A of the IPC.

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