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hospital and arrange for blood. Pushpa subsequently died. Before death, Pushpa had stated that her mother-in-law poured kerosene on her and set on fire. The Supreme Court held that „investigation in the case did not proceed as there ap peared to be soft peddling of the whole case by the Police‟. It‟s not that this law has not bee n properly implemented by the Government, Police and Judiciary. They are also not able to stop the misuse of this law. There are many instances where this law h as been misused by unscrupulous women to extort money and harass their husbands‟ family. The statistics on suicides in India tell the tale of harsh ground realities faced by men in Indian society. In the recent years, the number of suicides by males in every age group studied outnumbered the number of suicides by females in those respective age groups. Nearly twice as many married men committed suicide compared to married women in the years 2004 and 2005. Also, nearly twice as many men separated from their wives committed suicide compared to separated women in both years. Men outnumbered women in every method of committing suicide, except by fire and self- immolation. Nearly nine times more men committed suicide by consuming excessive amounts of alcohol, or by machines. Nearly four times more men committed suicide by firearms, by jumping of trains and fast moving vehicles, or by self-electrocution. In almost every other category of suicide such as hanging, poisoning, or overdose of pills etc., suicides of men were nearly twice the rate of suicides of women. Overall, the total number of suicides by men nearly tripled between 1983 and 2005 (whereas during the same period female suicides only nearly doubled). Incidentally, the draconian provisions of IPC 498A were introduced in the year 1983, and overwhelming evidence points to the increasing misuse of these provisions ever since. Every year, there is a rising number of cases fabricated by wives only to threaten, extort money from, and wreak revenge on husbands and their relatives, in case of marital discord. Between 1995 and 2005, the number of cases filed annually nearly doubled. According to data obtained
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from the Ministry of Home Affairs, in the year 2005 alone, 58,319 cases were registered under charges of cruelty by husband and relatives (IPC 498A), and resulted in the arrest of 1,27,560 individuals including 339 children, 28,579 women and 4,512 adults over the age of 60. ix In one judgment at Karnataka High Court (ruling Crl.A. No. 589 of 2003, decided on 4-9-2003 (case of M.F.Saldhana & M.S. rajendra Prasad JJ)), Judge highlighted; in about 45% cases prosecution is thoroughly unjustified. Following are important excerpts from the judgment. “…….. we need to sound a note of caution that the police and investigating authorities should not improperly and technically jump to the conclusion that merely because death has occurred that ipso facto a criminal offense has been committed. In as many as 44% of these cases prosecution is thoroughly unjustified . Unless there is cogent and convincing evidence and unless there is material to sustain these charges, it would be totally impermissible and completely unjustified to embark upon legal action. The
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