My 1 Year with SIF
Exactly this day, One year ago I blogged my first article (Sita Surpanakha) and informed 100 odd SIF members. Never did I think then that things would come a looong way. Today this blog completes 1 Year.
Now, exactly today after 365 days, I get pleasure to blog my 50th Post. Its about the field activity that will take place on this Sunday. Meet you there. This time I am proud to inform 1100+ SIF members. Special Thanks to Gokul for contributing in giving fine touches to this matter.
Innocent Victims of IPC 498a & Marital Laws: Standing up for their Rights.
Inviting you for a Seminar cum meeting on 13th August 2006 (Sunday) between 3.00pm-6.pm- At the Press Club of India (Near C.S.T(VT) Station), Glass House, Mahanagar Palika Marg, Mumbai –1
Legal awareness seminar (coping with Misuse of Family laws): Conducted by Save Indian Family foundation (SIF). Laws like IPC 498a is misused and the Husband and his family gets arrested and entangled in long-drawn legal proceedings. Arrests could happen even without any witness, evidence or police investigation, on the basis of just a false complaint by wife. Know how to take precautions and cope with these situations.
We have invited victims from all over India, who will be discussing their problems and would share their harrowing experiences with this law of 498a. Lawyers, Retired senior Judges and Police Officers have expressed their interest in attending this meeting and addressing the concerns of the innocent affected families. We Invite your representative to be present to know more about our movement called “SAVE INDIAN FAMILY”. A rapidly growing internet yahoogroup of 1100+ families. The regional teams in different states of India, have launched self-funded phone helplines, these teams are managed by the guys next door, who happen to be innocent victims of this Legal Terrorism.
A Brief about the Misuse of Section 498a by law-misusing Wives
23 yrs old section 498a of IPC was introduced to tackle the Dowry menace at large. But the trend over the years have proven this section as a failure. Observation of even Supreme of India is that these laws (intended to save a family) have been misused rather than used for genuine reasons.
Major reason of misuse is that the “burden of proof is on the accused” and the “accused is considered guilty, till proven innocent”(opposite to the general legal Maxim which presumes “Innocent till proven Guilty”, as in all other crimes). This involves the mandatory arrests of all the accussed without investigation on a mere complaint of an inconsiderate or cunning wife, against the innocent husband and his family members. Thus damage is already done without crosschecking the verity of the complaint. Generally this tool is effectively misused or threatened to be misused, by the divorcing wives to extract a huge alimony amount from the husband.
2. Kiran Bedi says: "Laws had been provided for the welfare of women. The police need not assist those who misuse or abuse the law meant for the protection of women."
3. Justice J D Kapoor Says: ‘‘There is a growing tendency among women, which is further perpetuated by their parents and relatives, to rope in each and every relative, including minors and even schoolgoing children of distant relatives.’’
4. Kolkatta High Court Justice S.P. Talukdar said the “dangerous” practice of misusing Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code (cruelty on housewives by husbands and in-laws) should be immediately stopped.
5. NRI Journalist Kulbhushan stated "Filing a non-bailable dowry case under IPC 498A is easier than ordering a meal. But while a restaurant can refuse service, the police normally arrest the groom and the in-laws. While the Indian media is flooded with reports of dowry-related bride torture, it hardly mentions the horrific cases of suffering husbands at the hands of unscrupulous wives."
We request your august presence at this Seminar cum Member meeting, and to help us to spread the word to the world. Our Movement is called “Save Indian Family or SIF”.