Elder Abuse in India
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the DOWRY related LAWS effective?
...that many persons, who were in judicial custody on a charge for
harassment related to dowry demands, whereas some of these prisoners,
had married the girl without any dowry. Our volunteers who used to
visits the Central Jail Tihar came across many prisoners who appeared
innocent, but who were charged u/s 498A and 406 (Mental cruelty and
harassment for dowry) and put under judicial custody. There were also
some cases where the girls resorted to dowry related laws to sort out
their matrimonial disputes, or to coerce the husbands into yielding
to their demands, whether for money, or to live separately, away from
their in laws house or to have a share in a property.
There were also women who complained of dowry related harassment when
they wanted their husband to take them back to his home, openly
negotiating in court, offering to withdraw the case if he were to
agree to take them back. There were cases where the Father-in-law
wanted the son-in law to sell his property in his village and to buy
land adjacent to his land and live in his house or join in his own
business. When the son-in-law refused they forced their daughters to
file a complaint with the police for mental cruelty and dowry demands
and the poor men found themselves placed in judicial custody in Tihar
Act-scared parents disown sons
Tribune News Service
Rohtak: The fear of dowry cases is driving parents to disown their sons before their marriage as a precautionary measure should marital bliss turn into nightmare.
A large number of public notices published in newspapers testify to the fears of the misuse of the Prohibition of Dowry Act. The local Tribune office books 10 or 15 such public notices every month. Inquiries from other nearby towns and local dailies show a similar trend. Advertising agencies estimate that about 3500 such public notices appear annually in various newspapers all over Haryana.
Dilawar Singh of Kiloi village, near here, issued a public notice last week disowning his son, Rajinder Singh, who is due to marry a girl from a family in Putthu village on the Delhi-Haryana border next month. He said the notice was a mere formality. “Should trouble arise, all my family members, except the son, would be safe. Otherwise, the ‘bahu’ could name the entire family in her complaint”, he added.
Another father with similar fears is Gaje Singh, a resident of Chikenwas village in Hisar.
He said he had gone a step further by getting the name of his son struck off the ration card. “This will strengthen my case. I will raise a temporary wall in the compound and allot a room to the newly weds till they have settled down to my satisfaction.
Otherwise, my son will remain a member of the household for all practical purposes”, he said.
Inquiries from a cross section of the rural society show that the Dowry Act is generally viewed as a draconian law, which is being misused. Parents say the law itself is now the cause of trouble in family.
Newly wed daughters-in-law, they say, are taking shelter behind the law to have their way. Boys’ parents are, therefore, keen to safeguard their interests.
Kailasho of Gugheri village, near here, who has two sons, said she was lucky that neither of her two daughters-in-law had given her any trouble. “My neighbour’s newly wed daughter-in-law is, however, different. A few days ago, her mother-in-law objected to her going around the village without covering her head. The daughter-in-law told her to mind her own business.
When the mother-in-law raised the issue in the presence of family elders, the daughter-in-law threatened to lodge a complaint with the police on the pretext of harassment for dowry. That silenced the entire family. Nobody dares question the daughter-in-law now”, she added.
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