New Delhi: Women rights activist Saswati Ghosh said the Supreme Court had passed a terrible judgement on the anti-dowry law. “The Supreme Court judgement is a terrible one. It says that if you want a culprit to be arrested, you have to inform within two weeks or the arrest will not be made,” said Ghosh. “Domestic violence is vibrant in India. Over two thirds of the women have been beaten at least once in India. If you want to give a time frame in 498 A, give the same in terror cases also. I think a curative petition should be filed to review the petition,” Ghosh added. Women rights activist Kavita Shrivastava said victims of dowry did not want arrests, but a solution.

“For a long time there has been “claims” of misuse of 498A. We can see the perpetrators around and the police can’t even arrest them. Victims do not want arrests but solutions. Women’s organisations have seen that the police do not arrest culprits,” said Shrivastava. The Supreme Court has ruled that police cannot automatically arrest an accused in a dowry case before judicially examining it. A bench headed by Justice C K Prasad directed all the state governments to instruct its police officers not to automatically arrest an accused in such cases. The apex court expressed concerns over misuse of the anti dowry law. Section 498-A was introduced with object to combat the menace of harassment to a woman at the hands of her husband and his relatives.

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