Misuse Of Section 498A By Women Under The Indian Penal Code, 1860
By Shreya RM, Christ University.*
The practice of dowry was one of the practices that was commonly used in our culture in India, a country where rituals and customs may have a significant societal impact. This application was at first seen as a godsend, but when the women fell victim to their husbands' and his family's greed, it took a bad turn and turned into a burden for society. Additionally, this application was used as an excuse to harass the women and treat them cruelly on top of physically harming them. Thus, the Government of India added Section 498A to the IPC by the Change Act 1983 in order to safeguard girls. However, in the current state of circumstances, there are instances where women abuse Section 498A of the IPC and other legal provisions like the dowry prohibition act. through the initiation of a lawsuit against her spouse and her in-laws and the discovery of the advantages of the support payment and other compensation.
There is a desire to alter section 498A in order to defend men and for hardworking women abusing the same. This part has created the biggest disadvantage in the current situation for males as being discriminated against and such laws are being victimized by ladies. The mistreatment of innocent males as a result of dowry laws is not a novel problem; rather, it has been escalating and is entirely the fault of the Indian judiciary. In numerous instances, men have even killed themselves after being abused by their wives to go to the police or court and have them put behind bars without cause.
Keywords: Dowry, Section 498A , Indian Penal Code, Misuse, Cruelty.