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Rahul Mahajan’s wife files for divorce

Posted by 498A_Crusader on December 13, 2007

New Delhi: Rahul Mahajan is in news for the wrong reasons yet again. Months after his troubled married life hit headlines, the son of late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan, is reportedly heading for a divorce from his wife Shweta Mahajan.

Shweta, a former pilot with a private airline, has filed for divorce in a Gurgaon court. She and Rahul got married in August 2006, soon after Pramod Mahajan’s death.

Just three months later, trouble began brewing in their paradise when a Mumbai newspaper published pictures of Shweta alleging that Rahul had hit her.

The daily reported that Rahul regularly beat Shweta since their marriage that was solemnised at a time when the BJP leader’s son was in the midst of a legal battle over drug abuse.

The paper also said that Shweta wanted to end the “abusive” relationship.

The story was accompanied by a photograph of Shweta showing a bruise on her right arm.

Shweta later denied the report.

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Scientists develop intelligent bra for women

Posted by 498A_Crusader on December 13, 2007

London, Dec 10 (PTI) Can’t go for jogging thinking that jiggling could cause saggy breasts? Well, ladies stop worrying — scientists have come up with a solution, it is the ‘intelligent’ bra.
The scientists at the University of Wollongong in Australia have developed one such bra using a revolutionary fabric containing sensors to control the movement of breasts while exercising, ‘The Daily Telegraph’ reported today.

“A consequence of current bra design is that the brassiere straps bear much of the load generated by breast momentum during physical activity. As breast mass increases, bounce momentum increases, placing large loads on the straps and, in turn, excessive pressure on the wearer’s shoulders.

“Apart from strap-related pain, many females, particularly large-breasted women are restricted from participating in physical activity due to exercise-induced breast pain associated with excessive vertical breast displacement,” the researchers said.

According to the researchers, the new bra could help manufacturers produce more comfortable and wobble-free under-wears for women.

They have already tested the fabric on two women, aged 30 and 39, with size 36D and 38DD bra sizes respectively, as they walked on a treadmill at four mph and jogged at six mph.

Movement of the chest during walking ranged from 0.4 inches to almost one inch. But when they ran, the larger woman’s chest moved by up to 2.7 inches compared to smaller woman’s which moved up to 2.1 inch, the researchers found.

“Our results show that the fabric sensors are suitable to monitor breast motion and brassiere function. Brassiere designers will have the ability directly to assess the effects of changes to each brassiere component,” the researchers said.
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Mens wealth, not looks,key for marriage

Posted by 498A_Crusader on December 13, 2007

London, Dec 12 (PTI) Planning to settle down? Pester your boss for a pay hike because it is your income and wealth which your prospective better half would be looking at before tying the knot.
A team of international researchers has carried out a study and found that a man’s riches, and not his looks, are the most important if he wants to get married, ‘The Daily Telegraph’ reported today.

Although there have been many lab based studies that have suggested that women are drawn to men of high status, power and wealth, rather than just looks, this new study has provided hard evidence of the marriage market in action.

The researchers came to the conclusion after analysing a survey of more than 20,000 American men, based on historical data collected in 1910 — which suggested how when males were in short supply, for instance in the wake of the World War I, women’re happy to put up with poorer partners.

And when men were commonplace, women’re in the driving seat and became correspondingly more choosy, driving a bargain for the richest and most powerful men, with the marriage prospects of a male pauper being “drastically reduced”.

“Little research within evolutionary psychology, so far, has considered how the market influences individual decisions. Here we show that if men are abundant, this will influence the market value of their desired traits, that is, women can demand more.

“This aspect, namely individual decision making as a function of the mating market (local abundance or scarcity), has been relatively neglected within the literature on human mate choice,” lead researcher Thomas Pollet of the Newcastle University was quoted as saying.
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498A Quash-Delhi HC-Sanjeev Kumar Aggarwal

Posted by 498A_Crusader on December 13, 2007

IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI
SUBJECT : INDIAN PENAL CODE
Crl.M.C. No.2645-53/2005
RESERVED ON : 4.10.2007
DATE OF DECISION: 12.10.2007

Sanjeev Kumar Aggarwal & Ors …….. Petitioners
through: Mr. R.M.Sinha, Advocate VERSUS State & Anr. …….. Respondents
through: Mr. Sanjay Khanna, Advocate
for the complainant.Mr. Jaideep Malik, Advocate for the State.

1. Petition under Section 482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 prays for quashing the FIR No.1006/2002 registered at P.S. Nangloi under Sections 498-A/406/34 IPC and the proceedings arising out of the said FIR.

2. Briefly stated, the facts are that the marriage between petitioner no.1, Sanjeev Aggarwal and respondent no.2, Sunita Aggarwal was solemnized on 17.7.94 as per Hindu rites and ceremonies. Unfortunately, the marriage turned sour and they started living separately since the year 1999. A daughter was born to the parties out of the said wedlock.

3. Respondent no.2 filed a complaint against under-noted persons on 21.10.2002 for an offence under Sections 498-A, 406 read with Section 34, IPC.
S.No.Name Relation with the complaint
1.Sanjeev Aggarwal (Petitioner No.1) Husband
2.Nand Kishore Aggarwal (Petitioner No.2) Father-in-law
3.Sushila Devi Aggarwal (Petitioner No.3) Mother-in-law
4.Satish Aggarwal (Petitioner No.4)Brother-in-law (Jeth)
5.Rajni Aggarwal (Petitioner No.5)Sister-in-law (Jethani)
6.Sunil Aggarwal (Petitioner No.6)Brother-in-law (Jeth)
7.Shalini Aggarwal (Petitioner No.7)Sister-in-law (Jethani)
8.Rajiv Aggarwal (Petitioner No.8)Brother-in-law (Jeth)
9.Preeti Aggarwal (Petitioner No.9)Sister-in-law (Jethani)
10.Dr. N.K. GuptaNephew of Petitioner no.3

4. On the basis of the aforesaid complaint, FIR No.1006/02 dated 18/112002 was
registered.

5. Chronological narration of facts, as alleged in the complaint, is as follows :-
A On 2.7.94, families of petitioner no.1, Sanjiv and respondent no.2, Sunita
mutually decided that Sunita and Sanjiv would enter into a matrimonial alliance. A
demand for dowry was put forth by the family of Sanjiv. On that date itself, a sum of
Rs.5 lakhs was given by the father of Sunita to the family of Sanjiv. (It is pertinent to
note that it is not specifically alleged in the complaint that as to which family
member of Sanjiv, the aforesaid sum of Rs.5 lakhs was entrusted)
B. On 13.7.94, Sunita’s father-in-law and Jeth Satish demanded a sum of
Rs.51,000/- from the father of Sunita.
C. On 14.7.94 i.e. on the day of Tikka ceremony, father of Sunita gave all the
dowry articles as demanded by the Sanjiv’s family members including the sum of
Rs.51,000/- to the family of Sanjiv. (Again, it is not specifically alleged that which
family member was entrusted with the afore-mentioned dowry articles)
D. On 17.7.94, Sanjiv and Sunita entered into a matrimonial alliance.
E. As per the complaint, the problems started right from the day of the marriage.
F. On 17.7.94, when Sunita reached in-laws’ house at Kasganj, U.P. she was
taunted and abused by her Jethanis (Preeti, Shalini and Rajni) for bringing less
dowry. Later on, her mother-in-law also abused her for showing disrespect to the
Jethanis and she was beaten by all four of them including her father-in-law and
husband.
G. On 31.8.94, the husband Sanjiv went to U.S.A and left Sunita at her parents’
house.
H. On 11.7.95, Sanjiv returned from U.S.A and took Sunita to his in-laws’ house
at Kasganj. At Kasganj, Sunita was harassed by Sanjiv and his family members. (It is
noteworthy that the complainant has not specifically alleged that as to which of the
family members used to her harass her. It is further relevant to note that one Jeth
Rajiv and his Preeti were staying at U.S.A and not at the house at Kasganj).
I. On 21.8.95, the complainant along with her husband Sanjiv and Jethani Preeti
went to U.S.A where she was harassed, beaten and was also not allowed to speak to
her parents in India.
J. On 8.9.95, Sunita returned to India alone.
K. On 15.4.96, Sunita gave birth to a baby girl. It is alleged in the complaint that
neither Sanjiv nor his family members came to give their best wishes to Sunita and
her daughter. It is further alleged that Sanjiv demanded a flat in Delhi from the father
of the Sunita and the said demand was satisfied.
L. Thereafter on 4.6.97 Sunita made her second visit to U.S.A along with
husband Sanjiv and daughter. Again Sanjiv, his brother Rajiv and wife Preeti
harassed Sunita. They further demanded a sum of Rs.40 lakhs for construction of a
nursing home.
M. Since father of Sunita was not in a financial position to meet the said demand,
Sunita was sent back to India. She returned to her parents’ house in India on 2.11.97.
N. Sanjiv returned to India in June 1998 and again took Sunita to the
house at Kasganj. At Kasganj’s house, Sanjiv and his brother Satish harassed Sunita
to such an extent that she decided to end her life by taking sleeping pills. Fortunately,
her father reached in time and saved her life.
O. On 30.10.98, Sunita made her third visit to U.S.A along with her husband
Sanjiv and daughter. Further, Sanjiv, her father-in-law and mother-in-law demanded
a plot in India for a nursing home from Sunita’s father. The said demand was fulfilled
by Sunita’s father. On 5.2.99, the couple returned to India.
P. Sunita’s husband and his family members were still not satisfied and demanded
for the construction of the nursing home. Sanjiv withdrew from the company of
Sunita and left for U.S.A .
Q. Thereafter Sunita was residing at her parents house in Delhi. When she went to
the house at Kasganj to collect her istridhan she was abused and beaten by her Jeth
Satish, Sunil and their wives Rajni and Shalini respectively. They also refused to
return her istridhan.
R. Sunita did not leave hope and tried to save her marriage by talking to her
husband Sanjiv over the phone.
S. In January 2002, Sanjiv visited India but did not inform Sunita about his visit.
Somehow Sunita learnt about Sanjiv’s visit to India and went to house at Kasganj.
There she found that her almirah was broken and all her jewelery and valuable
articles were missing.

6. The gist of the afore-noted complaint is that Sunita has made allegations of
dowry harassment and illegal retention of istridhan against her husband and his
family members.

7. Learned counsel for the petitioners submitted that all and sundry allegations
has been levelled against the petitioners. That the present complaint is filed with a
malafide intention of harassing the petitioners and that the present complaint and FIR
is an abuse of process of court.

8. The question in the instant case is whether the allegations in the complaint
disclose offences under Section 498-A and/or Section 406, IPC.

9. Section 498-A of the Indian Penal Code reads as under :-
“ Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty- Whoever,
being the husband or the relative of the husband of a woman, subjects such woman to
cruelty shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three
years and shall also be liable to fine.
Explanation – For the purpose of this section, “cruelty” means -
(a) any wilful conduct which is of such a nature as is likely to drive the woman to
commit suicide or to cause grave injury or danger to life, limb or health (whether
mental or physical) of the woman; or
(b) harassment of the woman where such harassment is with a view to coercing her
or any person related to her to meet any unlawful demand for any property or
valuable security or is on account of failure by her or any person related to her to
meet such demand.”

10. Under Explanation (a) the cruelty has to be of such a gravity as is likely to
drive a woman to commit suicide or to cause grave injury or danger to life, limb or
health.

11. Explanation (b) to Section 498-A provides that cruelty means harassment of
the woman where such harassment is with a view to coercing her or any person
related to her to meet any unlawful demand for any property or valuable security or
is on account of failure by her or any person related to her to meet such demand.

12. Explanation (b) does not make each and every harassment cruelty. The
harassment has to be with a definite object, namely to coerce the woman or any
person related to her to meet harassment by itself is not cruelty. Mere demand for
property etc. by itself is also not cruelty. It is only where harassment is shown to
have been committed for the purpose of coercing a woman to meet the demands that
it is cruelty and this is made punishable under the section.

13. In the decision reported as Smt. Sarla Prabhakar Waghmare v State of
Maharashtra & Ors 1990 (2) RCR 18, the Bombay High Court had observed that it is
not every harassment or every type of cruelty that would attract Section 498-A IPC .
Beating and harassment must be to force the bride to commit suicide or to fulfill
illegal demands.

14. Similar view was taken by the Punjab & Haryana High Court in the decision
reported as Richhpal Kaur v. State of Haryana and Anr. 1991 (2) Recent Criminal
Reports 53 wherein it was observed that offence under Section 498-A IPC would not
be made out if beating given to bride by husband and his relations was due to
domestic disputes and not on account of demand of dowry.

15. While interpreting the provisions of Section 304-B, 498-A, 306 and 324, IPC
in the decision reported as State of H.P.v Nikku Ram & Ors 1995 (6) SCC 219 the
Supreme Court observed that harassment to constitute cruelty under explanation (b)
to Section 498-A must have nexus with the demand of dowry and if this is missing
the case will fall beyond the scope of Section 498-A, IPC.

16. It is thus clear from the reading of Section 498-A IPC and afore-noted judicial
pronouncements that pre-condition for attracting the provisions of Explanation (b) to
Section 498-A IPC is the demand and if the demand is missing and the cruelty is for
the sake of giving torture to the women without any nexus with the demand then
such a cruelty will not be covered under explanation (b) to Section 498-A, IPC. It
may be a cruelty within the scope of Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 as held by the
Supreme Court in the decision reported as Shobha Rani v Madhukar Reddy AIR
1998 SC 121. In said case, it was observed that cruelty under Section 498-A IPC is
distinct from the cruelty under Hindu Marriage Act, 1955.

17. Section 406 of the Indian Penal Code reads as under :-
“Punishment for criminal breach of trust.–Whoever commits criminal breach of trust
shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may
extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.”

18. Section 405 of the Indian Penal Code defines ‘criminal breach of trust’ as under :-
“Criminal breach of trust–Whoever, being in any manner entrusted with property, or
with any dominion over property, dishonestly misappropriates or converts to his own
use that property, or dishonestly uses or disposes of that property in violation of any
direction of law prescribing the mode in which such trust is to be discharged, or of
any legal contract, express or implied, which he has made touching the discharge of
such trust, or wilfully suffers any other person so to do, commits “criminal breach of
trust.”

19. The basic requirement to bring home the accusations under Section 405 is to
prove con-jointly (1) entrustment and (2) whether the accused was actuated by the
dishonest intention or not misappropriated it or converted it to his own use to the
detriment of the persons who entrusted it.

20. In the decision reported as Raj Kumar Khanna v. State 95 (2002) DLT 147, the
complainant had filed a complaint against her husband and his family members under
sections 498-A, 406 read with section 34 of the I.P.C. Noting that there was no
allegation of entrustment of any property against the father-in-law of the
complainant, this Court quashed the FIR qua the Father-in-law. In the said decision,
it was observed as under:-
“Admittedly neither the compliant nor the supplementary statement show any
entrustment of any property to the petitioner. In the absence of entrustment question
of criminal breach does not arise. Since there was no entrustment of any articles to
the petitioner, therefore chances of ultimate conviction on this count are bleak. No
useful purpose is going to be served by allowing the proceedings under Section 406
IPC to continue against this petitioner……”

21. In the decision reported as Ms Anu Gill v. State and Anr. 92(2001) DLT 179,
noting that there was no allegation of entrustment in the complaint, this court
quashed the FIR against the married sister- in – law (nanad) of the complainant under
section 498-A and 406 of the I.P.C. While quashing the said FIR , it was observed as
under:-
“To constitute the offence under section 406 IPC there must be clear and specific
allegation that the accused was entrusted with some property or domain over it, by
the complainant; that the accused has dishonestly misappropriated or converted the
same to his own use or that accused refused to return back the articles when the same
were demanded by the complainant. Perusal of the allegations appearing against the
petitioner do not show that the articles of istridhan were even entrusted to her. In the
absence of the allegation of entrustment, question of misappropriation or conversion
to her use does not arise. Thus the most vital ingredient to constitute the offence
under section 406 IPC is missing. In view of the above, no case under section 406
IPC is spelt out against the petitioner.”

22. In the decision reported as Pehlad Kumar & Ors v. State of Haryana II(1992) DMC 259, a sweeping statement was made by the complainant that her istridhan was entrusted to the family of the husband. Holding that there was no specific allegation of entrustment against some of the family members, the Punjab & Haryana High court quashed the complaint and the consequential proceedings against the said family members. It was observed as under:-
“From these we find that while there are specific allegations about the entrustment of certain articles to the husband-Pehlad and mother-in-law, the allegations with regard to the entrustment to the other petitioners are general, vague and not specific. Though certain articles are enumerated, a sweeping statement has been made by the complainant that these articles have been entrusted to the other relations of her husband, namely father-in-law, her brother-in-law and wife of one of the brothers-inlaw.The complainant has not specifically mentioned as to which item of dowry was entrusted to which of these other petitioners. Therefore, on such vague and general allegations it cannot be stated that the complainant has made out a prima facie case against any of the other petitioners than her husband and mother-in-law under Section 406, IPC”

23. In the present complaint, a sweeping statement has been made by the complainant that her istridhan was entrusted to the family of her husband. There are no clear and specific allegations about the entrustment of istridhan to any of the present petitioners. Complainant has not specifically mentioned as to which item of dowry was entrusted to which of the present petitioners.

24. It has been alleged by the complainant that her dowry articles were lying at the house at Kasganj. The matrimonial house of the complainant was at U.S.A. where her husband was residing. Due to the strained relations between the parties, the complainant was constantly moving between Delhi, Kasganj and U.S.A. In all, she made three visits to U.S.A. for 18 days, 5 months and 3 months respectively. During rest of the time, she mainly stayed at her parents’s house at Delhi and for a very short span at her in-laws’s house at Kasganj. The normal presumption would be that the complainant either kept her dowry articles at her matrimonial house in U.S.A. or at her parents’s house in Delhi. There was no occasion for the complainant to keep her dowry articles at her in-laws’s house at Kasganj. In any case, the complainant has not stated with clarity as to which dowry article she kept where.

25. Keeping the interpretation of Section 498-A and 405 IPC in mind, it has to be seen whether the conduct of the petitioners as alleged by the complainant in her complaint dated 21.10.2002 amounts to misappropriation as defined under Section 405 IPC and/or cruelty under Section 498-A IPC.
1.Sanjiv (Petitioner no.1)
i. On the day of marriage, he had beaten and taunted complainant.
ii. Harassed complainant at matrimonial house in India.
iii. Harassed complainant at house in U.S.A.
iv. Demand of a flat in Delhi.
v. Harassed complainant at house in U.S.A. followed by demand of Rs.40 lakhs.
vi. Harassed complainant to such an extent that complainant attempted suicide.
vii Demand of plot.
viii Demand of money for construction of plot.
i. The allegations against him prima facie disclose an offence under Explanation (a) and (b) to Section 498-A.
ii. Allegations attract Explanation (a) for the reason it has been alleged that harassment was to such an extent which compelled the complainant to commit suicide
and Explanation (b) for the reason that both the ingredients thereof i.e. demand and harassment are present.
iii. No case under Section 406 IPC is made out for the reason there are no allegations of entrustment of any dowry article to him.
2.Nand Kishore, father-in-law (Petitioner no.2)
i. On the day of marriage, he had beaten and harassed complainant for bringing less dowry and showing disrespect towards jethanis.
ii. Demand of plot
i. Cruelty as alleged against the petitioner do not falls within the scope of either explanation (a) or (b)
ii. Though there are allegations of harassment, same are not having a reasonable nexus with demand of dowry. The said demand of plot was not followed by any harassment on part of the petitioner.
iii. No case under Section 406 IPC is made out for the reason there are no allegations of entrustment of any dowry article to him.
3.Sushila Devi, mother-in-law (Petitioner no.3)
i. On the day of marriage, she had beaten and harassed complainant for bringing less dowry and showing disrespect towards jethanis.
ii. Demand of plot.
i. Cruelty as alleged against the petitioner do not falls within the scope of either explanation (a) or (b)
ii. Though there are allegations of harassment, same are not having a reasonable nexus with demand for dowry.The said demand of plot was not followed by any harassment on part of the petitioner.
iii. No case under Section 406 IPC is made out for the reason there are no allegations of entrustment of any dowry article to her.
4.Satish,jeth (Petitioner no. 4)
i. Harassed complainant to such an extent that the complainant attempted suicide.
ii. Harassed complainant at the time when the complainant came to her matrimonial house to collect her istridhan.
i. Allegations prima facie attract Explanation (a) to Section 498-A.
ii. Allegations attract Explanation (a) for the reason it has been alleged that harassment was to such an extent which compelled the complainant to commit suicide.
iii. No case under Section 406 IPC is made out for the reason there are no allegations of entrustment of any dowry article to him.
5.Rajni, jethani (Petitioner no. 5)
i. On the day of marriage, she had beaten and harassed complainant for bringing less dowry.
ii. Harassed complainant at the time when the complainant came to her matrimonial house to collect her istridhan.
i. Cruelty as alleged against the petitioner do not falls within the scope of either explanation (a) or (b) to Section 498-A IPC.
ii. Though there are allegations of harassment, same are not having a reasonable nexus with demand for dowry.
iii. No case under Section 406 IPC is made out for the reason there are no allegations of entrustment of any dowry article to her.
6.Sunil, jeth (Petitioner no.6)
i. Harassed complainant at the time when the complainant came to her matrimonial house to collect her istridhan.
i. There are no allegations of cruelty/harassment against the petitioner.
ii. No case under Section 406 IPC is made out for the reason there are no allegations of entrustment of any dowry article to him.
7.Shalini, jethani
i. On the day of marriage, she had beaten and harassed complainant for bringing less dowry.
ii. Harassed complainant at the time when the complainant came to her matrimonial house to collect her istridhan.
i. Cruelty as alleged against the petitioner do not falls within the scope of either explanation (a) or (b)
ii. Though there are allegations of harassment, same are not having a reasonable nexus with demand for dowry.
iii. No case under Section 406 IPC is made out for the reason there are no allegations of entrustment of any dowry article to her.
8.Rajiv, jeth (Petitioner no.8)
i. Harassed complainant at the house in U.S.A.
ii. Demand of Rs.40 lakhs followed by beating.
i. Allegations prima facie attract Explanation (b) to Section 498-A.
ii. Allegations attract Explanation (b) for the reason that both the ingredients thereof i.e. demand and harassment are present.
Iii. No case under Section 406 IPC is made out for the reason there are no allegations of entrustment of any dowry article to him.
9.Preeti, jethani (Petitioner no.9)
i. On the day of marriage, she had beaten and harassed complainant for bringing less dowry.
ii. Harassed complainant at the house in U.S.A.
iii. Demand of Rs.40 lakhs followed by beating.
i. Allegations prima facie attract Explanation (b) to Section 498-A.
ii. Allegations attract Explanation (b) for the reason that both the ingredients thereof i.e. demand and harassment are present.
iii. No case under Section 406 IPC is made out for the reason there are no allegations of entrustment of any dowry article to her.

26. In the decision reported as Ramesh & Ors v State of Tamil Nadu AIR 2005 SC 1989, the Supreme Court considered a complaint filed by the wife against her husband, her in-laws and husband’s brother and sister under Sections 498-A and 406 IPC and Sections 3 and 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act. After sifting through the allegations in the complaint, the Supreme Court quashed the complaint qua the sister and observed as under :-
“Before we proceed to deal with the two contentions relating to limitation and territorial jurisdiction, we would like to consider first the contention advanced on behalf of the appellant-Gowri Ramaswamy. Looking at the allegations in the F.I.R. and the contents of charge-sheet, we hold that none of the alleged offences, viz.,Sections 498-A, 406 of the I.P.C. and Section 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act are made out against her. She is the married sister of the informant’s husband who is undisputedly living in Delhi with her family. Assuming that during the relevant time, i.e., between March and October, 1997, when the 6th respondent (informant) lived in Mumbai in her marital home, the said lady stayed with them for some days, there is nothing in the complaint which connects her with an offence under Section 498-A or any other offence of which cognizance was taken. Certain acts of taunting and illtreatment of informant by her sister-in-law (appellant) were alleged but they do not pertain to dowry demand or entrustment and misappropriation of property belonging to the informant. What was said against her in the F.I.R. is that on some occasions, she directed the complainant to wash W.C. and she used to abuse her and used to pass remarks such as “even if you have got much jewellery, you are our slave.” It is further stated in the report that Gowri would make wrong imputations to provoke her husband and would warn her that nobody could do anything to her family. These allegations, even if true, do not amount to harassment with a view to coercing the informant or her relation to meet an unlawful demand for any property or valuable security. At the most, the allegations reveal that her sister-in-law Gowri was insulting and making derogatory remarks against her and behaving rudely against her. Even acts of abetment in connection with unlawful demand for property/dowry are not alleged against her. The bald allegations made against her sister-in-law seem to suggest the anxiety of the informant to rope in as many of the husband’s relations as possible. Neither the F.I.R. nor the charge-sheet furnished the legal basis to the Magistrate to take cognizance of the offences alleged against the appellant Gowri Ramaswamy. The High Court ought not to have relegated her to the ordeal of trial. Accordingly, the proceedings against the appellant Gowri Ramaswamy are hereby quashed and her appeal stands allowed.”

27. In view of the above discussion, it can be said that the allegations made in the present complaint do not prima facie constitute an offence under Sections 498-A IPC against petitioners nos 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7. Noting the fact that no specific allegations of entrustment of istridhan has been made in the present complaint, I hold that no offence under section 406 IPC has been made out against the present petitioners.

28. It is settled law that a complaint/FIR can be quashed when allegations made in the complaint/FIR do not prima facie constitute any offence or make out a case against the accused. (See the judgment of the Supreme Court in the decision reported as State of Haryana & Ors v Bhajan Lal & Ors JT 1990 (4) SC 650).

29. Accordingly, qua the petitioners nos. 2, 3,5, 6 and 7, the aforesaid FIR and proceedings emanating therefrom under section 498-A IPC is ordered to be quashed.
In so far as Section 406 IPC is concerned, aforesaid FIR and proceedings emanating therefrom is quashed against all the petitioners.

30. Petition is partly allowed in terms of para 29 above.

31. No costs.

PRADEEP NANDRAJOG
sl JUDGE

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Dowry law making us the victims, says India’s men’s movement

Posted by 498A_Crusader on December 13, 2007

New money and old mindsets clash amid claims dishonest wives are exploiting an act passed to protect them

Randeep Ramesh in Delhi Thursday December 13, 2007
The Guardian

Before the five armed police burst through Abhishek Kumar’s bedroom door in his Delhi apartment last summer the software engineer had been prepared. His parents had been moved out and a bag of his was packed for prison. His crime, he explains, was a failed marriage.Kumar’s wife, Pratibha, a lecturer at a local college, had made a complaint under India’s dowry law. The offence would allow for arrest and jailing of him and his parents without investigation.

The couple married in late 2005, but Pratibha left the marital home after five days and the marriage was never consummated. Months later she claimed her husband had threatened to kill her if she did not produce a dowry that included a hatchback car and 100,000 rupees (£1,250) in cash. He has denied the allegations.

“I spent six weeks sharing a small prison cell with thieves and murderers,” said 25-year-old Kumar, who was released on bail. “They had been convicted of a crime. I was innocent but was treated like a guilty man.”

After he agreed to pay £8,750 in an out-of-court settlement his wife withdrew the charges and the couple divorced this October.

The cautionary tale appears to be part of a trend in middle-class India where male angst is on the rise. Men complain that they have lost their traditional role as providers as women work more. Further, women with independent incomes are refusing to submit to the traditional ideal of marriage where an obedient wife accedes to a husband’s every wish.

The outcome is an undisguised backlash against Indian feminism and women’s rights. One men’s organisation is demanding a ministry for men, arguing that 82% of taxpayers are men but that no money has ever been allocated for “male welfare”.

The protection enshrined in Indian law for harassed wives has also led to a deep-seated sense of male victimhood. The men’s movement in the country has been fired up by what it claims is the “legal terrorism driven by radical groups … which has resulted in the blatant violation of men’s rights”.

Men’s groups accept that Indian society has discriminated against women for centuries. But they say it is wrong to use legal measures to correct historical inequalities.

In India arranged marriages are still the norm and dowries are negotiated between families. In 1983 an anti-dowry act came into force to protect brides who were being attacked, and in some cases killed, by husbands trying to extort money from their families. Those found guilty face up to three years in jail. Up to the start of December this year Delhi police had registered 1,642 anti-dowry cases. However, the men’s movement says the law is being “misused” by wives. Unscrupulous women, they say, see the law as a tool to extract as much money as possible from their partners.

Every Saturday in Delhi a group of young professional men gathers to share experiences. They counsel each other over the trauma of “systematic abuse by wives”.

Swarup Sarkar, of the Save Indian Family Foundation, which has 8,000 members in Delhi alone, said: “Women protection laws assume that women are always honest and truthful. Therefore proof and evidence is not required. So honest men are being jailed. Men are committing suicide. It has become an instrument not of equality but terror.”

At the men’s meetings lawyers dispense free advice and their nervous clients finger leaflets explaining the “ugly reality of dowry law”.

Sarkar, who works in marketing, set up the foundation after his wife filed a “false case” against him in 2002. “I know what it is like not to be able to sleep or work. We want only gender-neutral laws not one-sided ones.”

He talks of government data which show that 134,757 people were arrested under the anti-dowry law but only 5,739 people were convicted. He wants the anti-dowry offence decriminalised and the threat of jail removed. The change, say police and women’s groups, would mean fewer women coming forward.

“This misuse business really is complete rubbish,” said Indira Jaisingh, a supreme court lawyer, who successfully lobbied last year for a new domestic violence act in India. “From a low conviction rate you cannot conclude a law is wrong. Just look at conviction rates for rape in England which are also low but nobody says rape does not happen.”

Jaisingh said that since Indian women still lived in joint family households, an anti-dowry law would need to protect wives from a husband and his family seeking money. “The jail option is there because of the violence used by members of the joint family. We probably need more laws for women to ensure, for example, equitable distribution of property on divorce.”

At the headquarters of Delhi’s crime against women unit, set up to investigate “marriage abuses”, police meet the claims of “male victims” with scepticism. H P S Virk, the deputy commissioner of police and head of the unit, said a “small minority of women misuse the law”, adding: “In my experience, it would be just 2% of cases.”

The problem was that of new money alongside old mindsets.

The booming economy has raised the price of wedlock, a ritual still governed by the past. In Indian weddings there is widespread acceptance of the inequality between bride givers and bride takers. The bride’s family, according to convention, gives to but never takes from the groom’s family. In today’s India that tends to translate into ever more expensive dowries.

“In the merchant class we are seeing open auctions of marriageable men. If your son has a shop in a good location, the bride will have to pay 10m rupees [£125,000],” said Virk. “Until such mindsets change, and that will not be for a long time, I cannot see how women need less protection.”

Explainer: Gender war

The first shots have been fired in India’s gender war. There are about 60 websites committed to promoting the well-being of men in India. Men’s groups say males are increasingly subject to myriad forms of subtle discrimination in the name of progress.

Some groups cite job insecurity and unemployment as the problem. In the five years to 2005, 1.4 million men lost their jobs while one million women gained new employment.

On crime, too, the men’s movement is sifting through official statistics to counter claims that women in India bear the brunt of violence – though police say that every 33 minutes a crime is committed against a woman in India and there is one “dowry death” in the country every 104 minutes.

The Save Indian Family Foundation argues that, compared with women, nearly twice as many married men (up to 52,483) take their own lives – being “unable to withstand verbal, emotional, economic and physical abuse”.

But on social indicators Indian women are clearly far behind men. Less than half of the women in India can read or write, compared with 75% of men. In the past 20 years more than 10 million female foetuses have been aborted.

The male lobby claimed a symbolic victory when the government of India observed an international men’s day in November.

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Most Indian women okay with wife beating

Posted by 498A_Crusader on December 12, 2007

New Delhi Dec 12: Over a year has passed since the law against domestic violence came into effect in India, but a new UNICEF report has found that over 50 per cent of Indian women still justify the beating of a wife by her husband.

Fifty-four per cent Indian girls and women aged between 15 and 49 said that a husband or partner is justified in hitting or beating his wife under certain circumstances.

The findings of the survey show a marginal change in the attitude as a similar survey in 2000 showed that 56 per cent of Indian women justified wife bashing.

In contrast, only 23 per cent Nepalese women and 25 per cent Indonesian women justified wife bashing by their male partners.

“In the context of gender inequality, women’s response to abuse reflects their relatively fewer options to change or leave the relationship and their assessment of how best to protect themselves and their children,” the UNICEF report titled ‘Progress for Children’ stated.

India ranks 25 in the list of 57 countries where such surveys were conducted and Mali tops the list with 89 per cent of the country’s women folk justifying the beating of a wife by her male partners under certain circumstances.

The circumstances enlisted in the UNICEF report are: Wife neglects the children, wife goes out without telling her husband, wife argues with her husband, wife refuses sex with husband, and wife burns the food.

While 50 per cent of the respondents in the 57 countries surveyed said a husband is justified in hitting his wife for at least one of the above reasons, 36 per cent of women said that if a wife neglects the children, he is justified in beating her.

Only, 19 per cent of the respondents said that if a wife refuses to have sex with her husband and burns food, he could beat his wife.

However, it was also found in the survey that 56 per cent of girls aged between 15 and 19 years responded that wife beating is justified, while 49 percent of older women above 45 years of age justified it.

“Ending domestic violence requires changing attitudes that permit such abuse, developing legal and policy frameworks to prohibit and reject it, and improving women’s access to economic resources and girls’ access to education,” the report concluded.

Agencies

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Respect to INDIAN Flag, By Indian women

Posted by 498A_Crusader on December 12, 2007

This shows how much respect, a Indian women gives to her Country..?

and it also shows how she is treated, and status of a Indian women in Society and home, She is treated like DEVI,
Her Husband is sitting next to her, is almost Skeleton like, so any Blind can imagine by looking at his wife, who is 5/6 times more FATer than him. it shows he spend all his money,wealth and life to raise a BUFFALO

THIS IS MY GREAT INDIA.

Respect to INDIAN Flag, By Indian women


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City court catches woman in the Act

Posted by 498A_Crusader on December 12, 2007

SENDING A strong message to women who may use the Domestic Violence Act against their husbands to settle other issues, a city court has refused to entertain a case filed by a woman against her husband ‘raising serious doubts over her credibility’.

The court noticed Manju Mathur, a resident of Vasant Kunj, kept repeatedly changed her statements to bring her case under the Act. She also failed to produce any docu- mentary evidence, including records of her alleged treatment for poisoning, to support her charges against her husband K.K. Mathur.

In another case of domestic violence, a woman’s plea seeking decision of the case filed under the Act be given without recording of evidence or cross-examination was also rejected by a court. Shivani Kabra, wife of Shaleen Kabra, a senior official in the Prime Minister’s Office, had accused her husband of dowry harassment in April this year She had filed a revision petition before a session’s court seeking decision without placing evidence or being cross-examined.

But Additional Sessions Judge VK. Bansal, in a recent order, said, “To come to the just conclusion about the allegations and counter allegations it is necessary that the parties be given opportunity to lead their evidence and also to come in the witness box and face the cross examination”. Shivani’s counsel had taken the plea that as per the law the application under the Act was to be decided within 60 days from the date of first hearing.

naziya.alvi@hindustantimes.com

DOMESTIC TROUBLE a Manju Mathur, a resident of Vasant Kunj, repeatedly changed her statements to bring her case under the Domestic Violence Act a

In another case of domestic violence, a woman’s pioa sooking decision of a case filed under the Act be given without recording of evidence or crossexamination was also rejected by a court

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Prove home violence for relief: court

Posted by 498A_Crusader on December 11, 2007

NEW DELHI: It won’t be easy for women now to make wild allegations of domestic violence and walk away with interim relief. A Delhi additional sessions court has ruled that allegations of domestic violence need to be proved and victims need to face cross-examination and provide evidence in support of their charges to be liable for relief.

In the judgment on a revision petition filed by Shiwani Kabra against her husband Shaleen, judge VK Bansal said, “To come to the just conclusion about allegations and counter-allegations, it is necessary that the parties be given opportunity to lead their evidence and also to come in the witness box and face cross-examination.”

Upholding the trial court’s order that directed the litigating couple to appear before it and face cross-examination, Bansal said it’s important that the parties are put to examination to “ascertain the veracity of the assertion made in the affidavits and truthfulness of the parties”.

It is believed to be the first time that a court has tried to plug the loopholes in the law which the Supreme Court says is “clumsily drafted”. The order also sets the course to be adopted in such cases in future, that is cross-examination when necessary.

In criminal cases, an accused in supposed to be innocent till proven guilty. But in matrimonial cases, the accused is seen as guilty till proven innocence. Like the dowry laws, the DV Act is also now being misused.

Instead of settling them outside the court, disgruntled women are filing cases under the Act to settle scores with their spouses. This order will not only refrain women from filing false cases, but will also help courts come to a just conclusion,” said Niloy Dasgupta, counsel for Shaleen Kabra.

Dasgupta had submitted before the MM court that truth must come out and a person must be given an opportunity to prove his/her innocence. His arguments were accepted by the courts.

Within a year of its enactment, over 7,000 cases have been filed under the DV Act.

Shaleen Kabra is a director in the Prime Minister’s Office. His wife Shiwani, after 13 years of marriage, filed a case under the Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence (DV) Act, accusing him of dowry harassment.

In his reply to the Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) Court, Shaleen said Shiwani was having an affair with a man named Baldev Singh and when he caught his wife red-handed on April 8, 2007, she filed false cases to cover up her misdeeds.

Shaleen’s counsel Dasgupta sought an opportunity to bring her in the witness box and face cross-examination and lead evidences. Shiwani strongly opposed that and started running away from cross-examination. However, MM Sanjay Bansal overruled her objections.

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Estranged wife of Bihar MP seeks DNA test

Posted by 498A_Crusader on December 11, 2007

Patna, Dec 11 (IANS) Pramila Kumari Manjhi, the estranged wife of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Rajesh Kumar Manjhi, Monday challenged him to undergo DNA tests after he claimed, in his divorce petition, that he was not the father of one of her sons.

Manjhi filed a divorce petition in Gaya district civil court last week and said that Pramila had been married before and one of her sons was from her previous marriage. He also charged that Pramila misbehaved with his parents and was defaming him for money.

“I challenge him to go for a DNA test along with my children to ascertain the truth,” Pramila told IANS.

Pramila said only a DNA test would prove whether he is the father of her children or not. “A scientific test like DNA will expose his claim that he was not the father of one of my sons.”

She admitted that she was married before but said Manjhi was the father of her sons. “Manjhi has been lying all along and making false allegations to get rid of me since I raised objection to his extra-marital relationship,” she said.

A parliamentary committee was set up after Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee received a complaint Dec 15, 2006, from Pramila, alleging the misuse of the railway pass issued in her name.

She alleged that another woman was availing of medical facilities meant for her as spouse of Majhi. She said her husband had married the woman without divorcing her.

A few months ago the committee had recommended the MP’s suspension for three months from parliament. Manjhi represents the Gaya parliamentary constituency.

Pramila works as an anganbari sevika (day care centre volunteer) in Bodh Gaya after her politician husband deserted her. “I stayed over a year with my parents at a village in Jehanabad district and later shifted to Bodh Gaya,” she said.

IANS

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Misuse of anti-dowry law increasing in India

Posted by 498A_Crusader on December 10, 2007

New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) Vikash Tuteja, who is in his late 30s, had to pay his wife a hefty Rs.1.2 million as the settlement amount in his marriage dispute. It is Section 498 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that has spoilt his life as his in-laws have been using it quite frequently to extract money from him.

Vikash, whose case was settled in a Family Court in Delhi, and many other men and their families have become a victim of this anti-dowry law, which deals with a husband or his family subjecting a woman to cruelty.

The law aims to provide safety and security to women in Indian society where they are often harassed by in-laws for fat sums of dowry at the time of marriage and also subsequently. Punishment can be a maximum of imprisonment of three years and a fine. But there have been many cases of the law being misused.

Mahesh Parekh, a practising lawyer at the Family Court, said: “One out of 12 cases is a vindictive case. It’s not as though there is no truth, but, yes, at times it is blown out of proportion to make the husband and the in-laws look criminal and fetch them punishment accordingly.”

During the recent Lok Sabha session, it was submitted by the government that more than 11,300 false cases got registered under the Dowry Prohibition Act this year.

The government, which referred to data collected by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), said the cases were declared false on account of mistake of fact or law.

Gurubaksh Singh, secretary of the Save Family Foundation, said: “There are several cases where the husbands were earning a handsome salary and a case of dowry was slapped against them. Women are misguided by the family and sometimes by lawyers to extract money.”

Even the legal fraternity has come forward to stop the misuse of dowry laws and proposed the use of lie-detector tests, brain mapping tests and narco-analyses for bringing out the truth in dowry-related cases.

“Even the amendment in the dowry law in the year 1993 has not brought relief to the grieving husbands. Instead, it has created more problems for them,” said D.B. Goswami, a prominent criminal lawyer.

“With the help of lie detector tests things will become easier for the complainant as well as the accused. This step will be a great relief for those who are being harassed without any fault of theirs,” added Goswami.

K.T.S. Tulsi, a prominent lawyer, said: “There are instances of wives misusing the law only because they want to get away from a joint family and set up homes of their own for various reasons. If a man resists the move because the parents are aged, his wife goes to police with a complaint of dowry harassment.”

The Delhi High Court had recently observed that the number of false dowry cases were increasing day by day. In a recent case, the court acquitted a man and five of his family members sentenced to two years imprisonment by a trial court for dowry harassment and an attempt to murder his wife.

Cautioning the police and trial courts against “false statements” by dowry harassment complainants, Justice Shiv Narayan Dhingra recently said, “Every failed marriage is not a crime. However, the law (498 A of IPC) is being used to convert failed marriages into a crime and people use it as a tool to extract as much monetary benefit as possible. The FIRs are withdrawn once the payment is received by the complainant,” the judge said.

In Bangalore, there are over 300 such cases registered with an NGO, Asha Kirana, which also runs a helpline for harassed husbands.

“Our various laws, including the recent Domestic Violence Act, also support the wife even when she is in the wrong. Even before the case is investigated, the police and the judiciary sympathise with the wife. Precisely for this very reason women who are bent on punishing men use the laws very convincingly,” said activist Girish who is also a victim.

Activists are of the opinion that the increase in economic independence, materialism, promiscuity, incompatibility and social acceptance, to name only a few trends, are encouraging women to constantly invoke Section 498 A along with the Dowry Prohibition Act and the recent Domestic Violence Act to get out of a marriage.

“Earlier, once married, a woman had no choice but to stay put with the husband. But with society taking an increasingly lenient view of divorce, second marriages and live-in couples – at least in the urban areas – matrimonial relations have become strained,” added Girish.

Several networking groups have urged the government to review Section 498 A and the Domestic Violence Act. To start with, the activists want the sub-clause of taking the aged parents and the wards of the husband into custody to be scrapped immediately so that they are not unnecessarily harassed for no fault of theirs.

National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Girja Vyas said, “The NCW has the mandate to review all existing provisions of the constitution and other laws affecting women and to recommend changes, if any.”

Source : IANS

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Woman held for husband’s murder

Posted by 498A_Crusader on December 8, 2007

MUMBAI: A 29-year-old housewife from Vile Parle has been arrested for strangling her husband and trying to dispose of his body. Neelu Mishra is a mother of two girls, aged six and two. She got married to Rajan Mishra (32) seven years ago but cracks had started developing in their relationship. Rajan had also started living separately.

According to the police, Rajan was found lying near an electric meter box, a stone’s throw away from his apartment at Jagdish Nagar on the Andheri-Sahar Road on November 29. Building residents rushed him to the Kapoor hospital where he was declared before admission. A post-mortem examination revealed strangulation marks on his neck.

“Neelu was distraught and kept weeping the entire day after her husband’s death. When we made inquiries with her about her husband’s friends, she said she did not know any of them. In fact, Rajan rarely interacted with her, she told us. Neelu came across as a conservative daughter-in-law who never took off the ghunghat. We hadn’t imagined she would be involved in the murder,” ACP Harvindar Kaur Waraich said.

After a detailed probe, officials learnt that Neelu and Rajan had marital problems. “Rajan was out of a job. He used to work in a courier company but had quit the job a year ago and could not even provide for his family,” Waraich added.

Rajan’s father, Sarvajit Mishra, owned some property in the region including two flats and a shop. While Rajan lived in one of the houses, the other flat and a shop were given on rent. Police officials said the rent from the property largely contributed towards the family income.

Neelu and her daughters used to live with her in-laws, while Rajan came only for meals. On November 21, Rajan’s father died in an accident in Uttar Pradesh. The entire family went to UP for the last rites.

On November 28, after the couple had returned to Mumbai, Rajan came down to his parents’ house. Only Neelu and their daughters were home that day. “Around 3 am, after the girls had gone to bed, Rajan went to the kitchen where he collapsed, since he wasn’t feeling too well. Neelu then sat on his back and knotted a piece of wire tightly around his neck. When he started bleeding, she dragged him out of the house and downstairs, dumping him near the electric meter box. We are probing if an accomplice helped her drag Rajan outside,” a senior official said. Scratch marks were found on Rajan’s legs.

According to the police, Neelu hailed from Indore and was a distant relative of Rajan’s. No one from her family has come down to meet her since her husband’s death and her subsequent arrest.

“Neelu confessed to the murder only after sustained interrogation. She told us she was frustrated with the problems in her married life,” the official said. Neelu has been booked under section 302 of IPC on murder charges.

Rajan has two brothers, one of who lives in Mira Road with his wife. Rajan’s uncle is said to be attached to a political party.

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On Delhis street 10000 women shiver night away: wots NCW doin for them

Posted by westtune4u on December 8, 2007

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) As you pull up the blanket and tuck yourself into bed, there are nearly 10,000 women who are shivering the night away on Delhi’s roads. Unlike their male counterparts who have 23 shelter homes to take refuge in, these women have nowhere to go.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s (MCD) slum wing is setting up six temporary shelter homes around the city, besides the 17 permanent ones that are already there. But none of these are for women.

Paramjeet Kaur of Ashray Adhikar Abhiyan (AAA), the NGO which looks after seven of the permanent shelter homes, said the only home for women which existed for two and a half years was closed down in June this year.

‘The women’s shelter home had been opened up in December 2004 in Yamuna Pushta in east Delhi under pressure from civil society groups after the Palika women’s shelter, open for just 10 months, was shut down,’ she told IANS.

‘Even that lone shelter was closed down this June after being asked to do so by the MCD. This resulted in the women, who were there, becoming homeless and being forced to live in the streets once again,’ Paramjeet Kaur added.

What came up instead of the shelter home was a warehouse.

The plight of homeless women can be gauged from the plunging winter temperatures in the city – sometimes as low as 3 or 4 degrees Celsius.

According to a survey done by AAA between December 2006 and January 2007, there are nearly 100,000 homeless people on Delhi’s roads of which 10,000 are women.

This means that despite nearly 10 percent of Delhi’s homeless being women, there are no shelter homes for them. Most of these women live with their children and families.

Indu Prakash Singh who leads the international developmental agency ActionAid’s work on shelter and homelessness said that not only will more shelter homes for women save them from the bitter cold, but also ensure that they are protected against rape and abuse on the roads.

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Woman kills mom-in-law

Posted by 498A_Crusader on December 6, 2007

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Hyderabad: A woman, who was allegedly involved in several cases of theft, allegedly killed her mother-in-law as she refused to give her money at Habeebnagar on Tuesday night.
    According to police, the victim B Durgamma, 50, was a resident of Afzal Sagar in Habeebnagar. Her son Ravi was married to Renuka. Renuka was allegedly involved in theft cases and was also arrested by the police earlier. Renuka also got addicted to liquor and used to harass her motherin-law for money, police said. On Tuesday night, Renuka allegedly attacked her mother-in-law with a blunt weapon and snatched her gold ornaments. She later surrendered before the police.
    “Renuka might have tried to snatch the gold on Durgamma’s body but as the woman resisted, she might have killed her and later surrendered,” police said.
    Meanwhile, a painter was killed at Neredmet on Tuesday. V S Raju, 27, a painter from Bhagat Singh Nagar, consumed liquor at his friend Sudershan’s house at Neredmet on Tuesday. A little later, Sudershan left home locking it from outside. When foul smell emanated from the house, locals and police broke open the door and found Raju dead. Raju was beaten with a stick on the head, leading to his death in the drunken brawl, police said.

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Over 11,000 false cases registered under Dowry Act

Posted by 498A_Crusader on December 5, 2007

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New Delhi, Nov 30:

There were 11,300 false cases registered under the Dowry Prohibition Act, Lok Sabha was told here on Friday.

The government, referring to the data collected by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), said the cases were declared false on account of mistake of fact or law.

However, the government has no information to indicate any misuse of the protection of women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhary said in a written reply.

The government has not received any report of misuse of the above acts from state commission for women in Orissa or any other state, the Lok Sabha was informed.

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Will you will admit,when you are wrong…?  so NCW.
498a and DV is bread and butter of NCW, on every complaint Bitch Renuka Chodre and pimp Girija Vyas get commission, thats why they setup National comission for women. when women is really harassed they never come to rescue, when minister Arjun singh charged, Prostitute coodi Renuka says its false case. what a joke

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Of the 75 or so dowry cases examined, only five resulted in a conviction

Posted by 498A_Crusader on December 5, 2007

TRUTH FROM HORSE MOUTH

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By Rebecca Ruiz – WeNews correspondent

BANGALORE, India (WOMENSENEWS)–In her three years working at the Basavangudi all-women police station in Bangalore, Constable Mylaaiah Rangajura has taken hundreds of statements of women with dowry-related complaints. Some are freshly bruised, others have been starved for days and some fear that their husbands or in-laws will burn or strangle them to death, a tragically common end to a dowry dispute.

When a wife’s husband and her in-laws are called in for lengthy interviews, Rangajura listens as family members explain and often deny the accusations of abuse and harassment.

While dowry was once a gift from a bride’s family to a daughter often consisting of cash, jewelry and fine clothing, it has increasingly come to be seen as a payment to her husband and his family that reinforces or improves their financial and social standing. Abuse frequently begins when additional dowry demands are unmet. It is a form of emotional and physical blackmail that continues until the wife’s family finally relents.

“The in-laws will say that she is lying and that the woman will not adjust to the in-laws,” says Rangajura, who wears the same uniform as most male police officers: a khaki shirt and pants with a thick black belt.

Rangajura takes notes as her supervisor tries to negotiate reconciliation, the most common approach to solving dowry disputes. “Sometimes there is no compromise,” she says, referring to the more egregious cases that involve severe physical and mental abuse, “but you have to think about what both parties want.”

Part of Overall Antiviolence Effort

Rangajura is part of India’s effort to address the problem of domestic violence, particularly dowry-related violence.

Though outlawed in 1961, dowry practices have continued to flourish, regardless of religion, caste, educational background or whether marriages are arranged or “love” matches.

Dowry-related violence increased more than three-fold between 1990 and 2000. Dowry deaths rose by 38 percent during that same time period and since then about 6,000 to 7,000 women have been murdered each year.

In 2005, the National Crime Records Bureau recorded a dowry death every 77 minutes. Still, many argue that extremely low reporting and conviction rates mask the true number of dowry deaths, which could reach as high as 25,000 per year.

In 1992, the government of Tamil Nadu opened the first all-female police station in Chennai, largely in response to complaints that the social stigma of confessing one’s family problems to a stranger and the possibility of being raped kept women away from male-dominated stations.

Mangai Natarajan, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, has authored the most extensive studies on female police stations in Tamil Nadu. She says the stations give women a safer, more comfortable place to report domestic violence. “They don’t want to talk about their personal relationships with a man,” Natarajan says. “They think they won’t get any justice.”

In 2005, India adopted a federal domestic violence bill that offers victims state-sponsored advocacy and aims to speed up the legal process by creating more courts and hiring additional judges.

India, in addition to Brazil, has pioneered the use of the all-women police station. In 2005 India had 295 units. Brazil, which began opening the stations in the 1980s, now has more than 300.

Authority Figures and Counselors

Part authority figure and part counselor, the women who staff these stations are supposed to be trained to field complaints ranging from violence to neglect to infidelity to dowry harassment.

As leverage, they often use the pressure of social embarrassment to remind an errant husband and his family that their behavior is unacceptable and, in many cases, illegal.

“Families do have a great respect for police officers,” Natarajan says. “Women will threaten their husbands with going to the police and it’s effective.”

In 1990 the federal government created the National Commission for Women to ensure progress on issues such as female feticide, poverty and sexual harassment. In the years that followed, 26 state commissions were mandated to address these problems at a local level.

Women who turn to branches of the women’s commission often see it as a middle ground between reporting a dowry crime at the local police station–which can put women at odds with their families–and seeking the help of an advocacy group that doesn’t have the government’s backing.

The emphasis on counseling and “patching things up” in the all-women police stations has left some victims feeling betrayed, says Ranjini Srikumar, temporary chair of the Kerala State Commission for Women.

“The women officers say, ‘Oh, it doesn’t matter, my husband beats me too. Don’t make such a big deal, it happens to all of us,’” Srikumar says, adding that some women have told her they had better experiences at regular, male-dominated stations.

Though female officers do receive gender sensitivity and counseling training, it often occurs infrequently and differs from station to station.

Shobana Khatavkhar investigated dowry cases at the Basavangudi women’s police station in Bangalore from 2003 to 2005 and acknowledges that some officers can be callous and that training could be improved.

Of the 75 or so dowry cases Khatavkhar examined, she says only five resulted in a conviction. The main benefit of filing reports, she says, is that it creates a permanent police record.

“When asked about dowry harassment, they always deny it,” she says, referring to the accused husbands and in-laws. “But (the station) keeps the record and then they won’t continue to harass because it’s on file.”

Detecting the Warning Signs

A.K. Siddamma, an investigator for the Karnataka State Commission for Women, worked as a police officer for 33 years and investigated 180 dowry deaths for 10 of those years. She ticks off the signs of neglect and abuse that might escalate to murder: “The husband won’t buy his wife proper clothes, won’t give her food, will beat her and threaten her.”

When a husband is asked to appear in her office as part of the investigation, Siddamma says she tries to restore the bond. “When you took your husband or wife,” she says, “you took him or her to look after. I tell them that marriage is more important than dowry.”

However, she says some cases must be referred to the police.

Gouramma Venkata Ramana is a staff member at Vimochana, a Bangalore women’s nonprofit organization that has scrutinized unnatural deaths for most of the last decade.

Through a translator, she said that the police often fail women who come forward with complaints of abuse. “The police are given training to see that while dealing with family matters, they ought to make sure the family does not break up and instead comes to an understanding,” she says.

Of the 714 unnatural death cases Ramana investigated last year, she determined that at least 150 of them were dowry-related.

Rampant domestic violence, she emphasizes, is the underlying problem and a likely contributing factor to the other deaths. She believes reducing the level of domestic violence requires encouraging women to step forward and helping them once they do.

“Education is important,” Ramana says. “But we are also here to support the women when no one else will listen or help.”

Rebecca Ruiz is a freelance writer.

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Women-specific laws and courts could boomerang

Posted by 498A_Crusader on December 5, 2007

Separate And Unequal
By: Ratna Kapur
In the debates following the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women observed a few days ago, some critical issues have come to the fore. Is it time to advocate for a completely separate apparatus of courts, law enforcement mechanisms and laws for women? What are the strengths and limits of such a proposal?
    The issue of separate courts for women or family disputes has been a subject of debate for many years. A number of states have already set up special courts for women, including
Maharashtra, with proposals pending in Karnataka and Delhi. These courts have taken on different incarnations at the state level with the Maharashtra courts designated as family courts to deal with family disputes and matrimonial matters; the Delhi courts are intended to deal exclusively with rape cases. However, the idea behind the special courts is to deal speedily with atrocities against women.
    In 2006, a Bill to set up special courts for women was introduced in the Lok Sabha. The courts are intended to deal primarily with offences of rape, criminal assault, mental injury and sexual harassment against women. The courts
are to be presided over by a chief judge, with additional judges appointed depending on the requirement in specific cases, and at least half of the judges’ posts are to be reserved for women.
    The idea behind these special courts is that they will provide speedy justice to women and be women-friendly as well. These courts are also intended to provide a more private space for women, especially to rape victims who are frequently traumatised by the trial process that currently exists.
    The idea of separate women police cells has also been mooted from time to time. The Centre has been advising state governments regarding the steps that need to be taken, especially at the level of law enforcement, to afford greater protection to women and in particular to prevent crimes against them. These advisories
include gender sensitisation of the police, adopting appropriate measures for swift and effective punishment to public servants found guilty of custodial violence against women, minimising delays in investigations of murder, rape and torture of women and setting up ‘crimes against women cells’ in districts where they do not exist.
    The National Commission for Women has also undertaken visits to various states to review the status of women and conduct its own investigations in certain cases of serious incidents of crime against women. The commission’s findings indicate that the level of sensitivity and care with which crimes against women are handled is woefully inadequate. It has also observed that the filing

of FIRs even in acutely abusive or violent cases continues to be a problem. The setting up of women police cells is one of the ways in which to alleviate these problems.
    Finally, the idea of specific laws for women is provided for in the Indian Constitution. Laws against dowry, rape, sexual harassment and domestic violence have all been enacted on the basis of empirical evidence that such crimes are experienced primarily by women and that these experiences need to be specifically addressed in law. The constitutional provisions that enable such gender specific laws are intended to ensure women’s right to equality.
    While proposals for separate courts, police cells and specific laws for women are demands that women themselves are making, there is a need to be attentive to the ways in which
such initiatives might actually boomerang. Addressing women’s issues of violence in a separate court structure could sequester women’s issues into a dark corner, where reports of violence and abuse become muted. The role of the media in bringing the spotlight to bear on issues of violence has been crucial.
    Similarly, the assumption that women police cells would increase sensitivity towards female victims is not necessarily true. Unless there is also a simultaneous change in the thinking around women as subjects of rights rather than merely subordinate to male authority, the ‘manning’ of police cells by women is not per se going to make much difference.
    Finally, the constitutional provision that enables laws to be enacted for women’s benefit
can be a double-edged sword. When women are treated as a ‘special group’ then assumptions about their inferiority, lack of decision-making capacity, weakness and passivity can be reinforced. These laws could end up reinforcing gender stereotypes and becoming a highly protectionist response to women, rather than being liberating. Such has been the case in the area of anti-trafficking interventions, which often collapse women’s migration with trafficking and result in increased restrictions on women’s movement and higher levels of scrutiny over women’s sexual conduct. Similarly, sexual harassment guidelines and codes of conduct have inadvertently led to a censoring of sexual speech and conduct in the workplace. Such initiatives have literally resulted in sexual sanitisation, the further stigmatisation of sex as well as the curtailment of space for women’s sexual autonomy.
    When calling for special provisions, activists, advocates and policymakers need to ensure that such initiatives are framed as affirmative action measures, designed to eliminate the historical disadvantage women have experienced. Such measures are temporary and directed towards producing a more woman-positive environment. The history of ‘separate, but equal’ has demonstrated that such calls can reinforce and reproduce the very discrimination and stereotypes that such initiatives are intended to eliminate.

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Wife runaway with Lover, Police arrest Husband

Posted by 498A_Crusader on December 4, 2007

GREATER NOIDA: A 26-year-old resident of Greater Noida’s Dankor police station area had to spend seven months in jail on charges of murdering his wife who was neither dead nor had faced any threat to her life.

The woman’s statement — after she was found out by the husband’s younger brother — that she had actually been sold to a man named Satish for prostitution, was also found to be false.

The man got bail only after the National Human Rights Commission had instructed the Noida police to take speedy action in the case. Police though have not yet bothered to find out whose body they had handed to the bride’s parents to cremate. The man meanwhile continues to face dowry harassment charges.

It all began when taxi driver Rakesh Awana married Anita, daughter of Mahendra Singh of Bulandshahr, in June 1998. According to Awana’s lawyer, Ankur Nagar, “Anita mysteriously disappeared on December 24, 2005. A week later, her father filed a report at the Dankor police station alleging that she had been murdered by Rakesh. Rakesh’s brother, Mukesh, had found a woman’s body in village Sirsa, also in the Dankor police station’s jurisdiction.”

Nagar said that despite his client, Rakesh, protesting that the body was much too small and too decomposed to be that of Anita’s, police arrested him for the murder of his wife.

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Aussie woman alleges dowry abuse

Posted by 498A_Crusader on November 25, 2007

HYDERABAD: An Australian woman, who married a person from the city a few years ago, lodged a complaint with the police on Saturday against her husband and mother-in-law alleging dowry harassment.

The family, however, refuted the charges and claimed they had returned most of the money taken from the Australian woman.

Vanasthalipuram police said Mario Franklin Campbell, 32, went to Australia to pursue his education in 2002. During his stay in Sydney, he fell in love with an Australian woman Samantha Jani Sevel, 30, and they got married.

Campbell, however, returned to the city alone a few years ago. Samantha, who arrived in the city 10 days back, lodged a police complaint on Saturday alleging that her husband and mother-in-law Shaila Desai were harassing her physically and mentally. She had given them 50,000 Australian dollars, she claimed.

Samantha also alleged that her husband was trying to get married again. Police reportedly took Campbell into custody and are investigating.

Campbell’s mother, Desai, is a retired gazetted officer. Police registered a case under Sec 498 (A) dowry harassment and are investigating.

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Indian laws are tools of Blackmail.

Posted by 498A_Crusader on November 23, 2007

// In india to get divorce and child custody women and her family can file dowry or DV case even USA courts dismiss such false complints an neighbours give good statements about husband / man still in india, wifes parents can file false cases; just to harass mans family and make some easy money.

PHIR BI MERA BHARAT MAHAAN (myfoot)

Mom filed complaint in India; Feared husband would take children
Chicago Sun-Times,  Aug 19, 2007  by Stefano Esposito

Several months before she went to Naperville police to complain that her husband was abusing her, Nimisha Tiwari told authorities in her native India that her spouse was trying to take her children from her.

Friends of the woman who set fire to herself and her two young children Aug. 11 told the Sun-Times last week that Tiwari — in recent months — feared greatly that her troubled marriage might end with her losing custody of her kids, Vardaan, 4, and Ananya, 18 months.

The friends paint a very different picture of a woman her husband has said suffered in recent months from deteriorating mental problems that affected her decision making and made him fear she might harm the couple’s children.

‘Dictatorial behavior’

Last year, Tiwari and her children were staying near the Indian city of Mumbai, visiting family and attending her brother’s wedding, friends say. Her husband, Anand Tiwari, later joined the family in India.

While in India, Nimisha Tiwari filed a complaint with police in Trombay, a suburb of Mumbai, according to documents supplied to the Sun-Times.

“Because of the dictatorial behavior of my husband and constant instigation from my in-laws, he may take away my . . . children to U.S.A. and leave me in India,” Tiwari wrote in a letter to Indian police dated Dec. 4, 2006. “I say that there is also apprehension that my husband may take the passport and travel documents of mine and my children forcibly.”

In the same report, Tiwari writes of her husband: “He is under the influence of his parents. He has not allowed me to contact my parents in Mumbai, either through telephone or Internet, and also kept restrictions on me like not meeting my friends and neighbors in U.S.A. . . . Once, he has abused me by twisting my arm. . . . He has warned me that I should not tell anybody about the abuse, especially not to my parents.”

It is unclear how Indian authorities handled the complaint. Friends of the couple told the Sun-Times last week that they knew about the complaint when it was filed.

Nimisha’s father issues statement

Those friends, who asked not to be identified, said that soon after the filing, things seemed to improve between Nimisha and Anand Tiwari, and they hoped the couple would resolve their differences.

On Friday, Nimisha’s father, Chandrahas Awasthi, issued a written statement, saying: “We are feeling terrible that we could not intervene timely enough to prevent this tragedy. The course of events presented many signs of deep trouble in her married life. The authorities are looking into the details. We will wait for the investigation to complete and will continue to fully cooperate with authorities. We request anyone knowing Nimisha to voluntarily share with the investigators anything they believe may have contributed towards her decision.”

Still no motive released

Last May, when Nimisha Tiwari sought an emergency protection order against her husband in DuPage County, Anand Tiwari claimed his wife’s mental condition was deteriorating as a result of multiple sclerosis. Anand Tiwari told a judge he feared his wife might harm the couple’s children. The husband claimed his wife had been acting impulsively, including locking Vardaan in a dark room. A judge later vacated Nimisha Tiwari’s court order. Several of the couple’s Naperville neighbors have described Anand Tiwari as a friendly, hardworking family man.

On Aug. 11, Nimisha Tiwari bought a can of gasoline, and set herself on fire inside the couple’s Naperville home. Authorities say she also set both children on fire. Investigators have not offered a motive in the case.

sesposito@suntimes.com

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How do I control MY HUSBAND ?

Posted by 498A_Crusader on November 23, 2007

This is what an Indian women really want…..! True colour of indian women.

TRUTH is out here.

sanghamitra d  asks >>

MY HUSBAND DON’T LISTION TO ME.WHATEVER HE EARND HE GAVE EVERY THING TO HIS PARENTS,SISTERAND BROTHER.DON’T SAVE FOR HIS FUTRE.IF I TELL HIM THEN HE SAID ‘I EARN MONEY SO I SPEND IT ANYWHERE AS MY WISH’.SO SHOULD HAVE I DONE FOR IT.

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Woman seeks NRI husband’s deportation from USA

Posted by 498A_Crusader on November 23, 2007

 // Its a old story; still in this women own words, there was no dowry demand mentioned; but she filled dowry case on him; it shows, how biased indian legal system is.

she says, she still hope, he will come back to her, but she demand to sieze his passport and deport him from USA, child treatment is a just a eyewash.

A woman deserted by her Non Resident Indian husband has appealed to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to help secure the deportation of her husband from the United States so as to save the life of her ailing baby girl.

Narrating her plight to rediff.com, Sanyogita Reddy, who runs a software firm in Hyderabad, said she has sought immediate deportation of her husband to India since her daughter Shreya Reddy, who is suffering from congenital cerebral palsy and leukaemia, needs a bone marrow transplant from him.

Sanyogita Reddy said as her blood group does not match the baby’s, the bone marrow has to come from her husband. The transplant needs to be done within the next two months.

“I have made a plea to the chief minister, asking him to get my husband deported from the United States before August 15, 2003. My child definitely needs her father and so, on humanitarian grounds, I request everybody on earth to help me in this regard,” she said.

A computers engineer, Sanyogita Reddy is the promoter of a Hyderabad-based software company. The 26-year-old Sanyogita married Damidi Narayan Reddy, a 37-year-old NRI based at Milpitas in California.

The marriage took place on June 19, 2002. “I was not aware of his two previous weddings at that time.  He married me for reasons best known to him but probably it was for money. I have spent more than Rs 6 million on him so far.”

She believed her husband’s claim that he was the owner of a chain of Indian restaurants in California, but came to know only belatedly that he was only a manager in a restaurant in the US.

“When he said that his business was not doing well and wanted my help, I gave him all my savings, which I earned through my clients for various software projects in Europe and Africa,” she explained.

Sanyogita said that when her husband came to know that she had become penniless, he took the flight and went off to the US in November 2002, despite being aware of the fact that she was pregnant and she needed medical attention.

She was admitted twice in a corporate hospital in January and February 2003. A baby girl was born to her, two and a half months premature, on February 8, 2003.

“My child was born premature because her heartbeat was nil. After looking at my child, I gathered some courage and decided to live life all by myself but I could not understand why my husband left me. I always thought that he would come back to me,” she said.

When she called up her husband’s place in the US in May, she came to know that he was on a vacation to India. “I went to his house in the city and confronted him but he refused to accept me or the baby. He put the baby on the road in the scorching sun and he was not moved a bit by my tears and the child’s cries. Later, when I thought that he would leave India any moment, I finally approached the police with a complaint and asked them to seize his passport,” she pointed out.

On the basis of my complaint lodged at Women’s Police Station at Begumpet on May 20, 2003, the police booked a case against him under section 498 of Indian Penal Code for dowry harassment. The police merely noted his passport particulars but did not seize the document,” she added. 

Sanyogita Reddy said she also took an appointment with the officials at the US Consulate General at Chennai on June 14 but she came to know that her husband had gone to the US on June 11 itself. 

“This means that he definitely had some contacts, who helped him in fleeing the country even as the police issued a lookout notice to the Immigration and Customs authorities, asking them to arrest my husband whenever he passes through the airports,” she claimed.

“Finally, when the doctors said my daughter needed a bone marrow transplant to survive, I approached some women’s organisations in the US and they have pledged their support to me. I have also appealed to the Andhra Pradesh government to secure my husband’s deportation back to India. I am waiting for the response,” she said.

Sanyogita Reddy said that Narayan Reddy approached her in 2002 to help him out with a software package for connecting the chain of restaurants supposedly run by him through remote administration. It was then that Sanyogita Reddy decided to marry him despite fierce opposition from her parents.

She later came to know that Narayan Reddy, who was living in the US since April 1988, had married and divorced two other women. First, he had married an Indian lady in 1992 and divorced her in 1996 and later he married an American citizen to get his green card and divorced her too.

He got the green card in 2001 and visited India six times in the last 15 years, including three trips made since 2002.

Sanyogita alleged that her husband has threatened her of dire consequences. “Time and again, I keep getting messages over my cell phone threatening my life, my daughter’s life and even my pet dog’s life,” she claimed.

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Mother held for daughter’s murder

Posted by 498A_Crusader on November 23, 2007

// Renuka ChodRE; in india, women / mother is entitled to kill her children ? and police is waiting, someone to lodge complaint….? why ?

Innocent children life is so cheap in INDIA or those 200 Crore Child welfare grant goes to your swiss bank account or for your condom factory…? 

PUNE: The police have detained a woman suspected of having killed her 10-month-old daughter at Swapnanagari society, Manikbaug, Sinhagad road, sometime during the last five days. The woman, who relatives said was mentally disturbed, continued to live in the flat even after the murder.

The body of the girl, which was found wrapped in a plastic bag and kept under the bed, was recovered from the flat in the woman’s presence on Thursday. Neighbours had complained to the Haveli police about a stench coming out of the flat.

Inspector Satish Patil of the Haveli police station told TOI that only the woman, Kalpana Pawar (36), and her daughter, Ankita, lived in the flat. Her husband, Ramesh, lived in another flat at Dhayari with the couple’s two older children – a daughter and a son. The couple had parted ways following some differences.

The autopsy revealed that the baby had died of blunt injuries inflicted on her head and chest. Patil said that the police would register a murder case against Kalpana if her husband or anyone else lodged a complaint.

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Abortions among teens rising

Posted by 498A_Crusader on November 23, 2007

//I think Renuka ChodRE forget to tell these girls not to have multiple men; she is only selling her condoms to married women only. Because she support pre marital as well as extra marital Affairs of women.

PUNE: The number of teenagers and young unmarried women going for abortions has risen sharply in Pune, sparking concern among gynaecologists over unsafe and unprotected sex.

What is more scary is that unprotected sex can often expose the girl to HIV infection, other sexually-transmitted diseases, and complications later, members of the Pune chapter of Obstetric and Gynaecological Society (OGS) have said.

Dr Sunita Tandulwadkar, clinical secretary of the society, and an IVF expert, said, “At least six young unwed pregnant women enquire about abortion at my clinic every week. Till about a couple of years ago, the number of such women was just one or two a month.”

Most of these girls and women are educated and are either students or working women, she added.

While the members of the society said it was difficult to count the actual number of teen abortions in the city, they agreed that the number has risen sharply.

Gynaecologist Vaijayanti Patwardhan, past president of the Pune branch of Indian Medical Association (IMA), said the exact number of abortions involving young, unmarried girls could not be arrived at as the ratio of approved medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) centres in Pune to that of illegal ones is 1:4.

She said that the government needs to crack down on the illegal centres.

“Most registered practitioners can tell you how many girls come to them for an abortion, but it is beyond imagination to count those who go to quacks,” a senior member of the association said. Gynaecologist Smita Jog, president-elect of OGS, said the abortion rate could be even higher than 100% as some pregnant girls report to quacks or often pop abortion pills, which are easily available over the counter, without realising the consequences.

“There are instances where the use of such pills has been rampant and haphazard,” she said, admitting that cases of pregnancy involving young educated girls in the age group of 17-20 years were on the rise.

Another gynaecologist, who didn’t want to be identified, said he had a case recently where an 18-year-old came to his clinic twice in four months and she was pregnant on both the occasions.

“She walked in casually, without any fear or regret,” he said.

Jog and Tandulwadkar said young boys and girls were increasingly indulging in unprotected sex and rising live-in relationships among young couples was among the factors contributing to this.

The society has initiated a programme called ‘Let’s Talk’, targeting the young population in the city to sensitise them on the risks associated with unsafe and unprotected sex.

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Man sets himself ablaze, wife hurt

Posted by 498A_Crusader on November 23, 2007

 Man set fire himself becuase of wifes threats and harassment and died; but police registered case as accidental death;

If a women set fire herself when husband find her extra marital affair; Police will Register case as dowry Death and arrest husbands all relatives and servent if they at home. THATS OUR GREAT INDIAN

MUMBAI: A 28-year-old alcoholic died after he set himself ablaze following a dispute with his wife. As the wife tried to extinguish the fire, the man held on to her, leaving her with 30% burn injuries. She has been admitted to Bhagwati Hospital.

The incident occurred at Sai Shraddha slum colony in Rathodi village in Malwani, Malad (W), where the couple -Naushad Azmi and Shakuntala -lived. Shakuntala, who was 12 years elder to her husband, worked as a domestic help.

“Azmi would regularly have fights with his wife over his drinking habit. On Wednesday evening, he was already drunk when he asked Shakuntala to get him a quarter of liquor. When Shakuntala denied to do so, a furious Azmi emptied a can of kerosene on himself and went out. He set himself on fire outside their home,” said senior inspector Jaywant Hargude.

When Shakuntala tried to extinguish the fire, Azmi, who was enveloped in flames, held her. Azmi, who had 90% burn injuries, was declared dead before being admitted to hospital. Shakuntala is undergoing treatment at Bhagwati Hospital in Borivli (W).

The Malwani police have registered a case of accidental death.

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