Divorce Rate in India
The divorce rate in India is so low – about 13 in 1,000 marriages, against 500 in 1,000 marriages in the UK – that it arguably looks fishy.
Acquittal Rate in 498a Cases
The acquittal rate in 498a (Dowry Harassment) Cases is very high. The acquittal rate in all other IPC cases stands at 59.20%.
Rape Case Acquittal Rate
In 2010, 14,263 cases of rape were decided, with the accused being acquitted in 10,475 cases, or 73.4%. Only 26.6% accused were convicted.
Acquittal Rate in Dowry Death
The acquittal rate in Dowry Death cases is very high because Police treats the even death of married women in accident as dowry death.
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Welcome to Shoneekapoor.com
To use an oft repeated cliche – some people are born activists, some grow to be and on some activism is forced upon. I fall in last category. I don’t claim to be an activist or anything, but as with labels it is difficult to get away from.
Some years back, I was sucked into the labyrinth of Indian Matrimonial laws and a false 498a in particular. To be fair, before it hit me, it was difficult for me to fathom the wide spread misuse of dowry laws and specially 498a in India. I was working with a software company and had not seen the inside of the police station or court room till that day.
As I progressed in my cases, I increasingly found that odds are loaded against men in general, whether it was to be assumed guilty till proven otherwise, access to the child, maintenance laws or even the innocuous law of divorce, which on the face of it is equal for both sexes. But, as they say, “if you don’t fight for what you want, don’t cry for what you’ve lost.” I set about fighting back, so there was no other option but to fight-back.
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“ 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
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.”
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Court:BOMBAY HIGH COURT
Cruelty — Sufficient cause — Grant of divorce — Unreasonable criminal proceedings initiated by respondent-wife — Appellant-husband suffered tremendous mental agony — Not possible for him to cohabit with respondent-wife — Her continuous complaints to appellant’s employer jeopardized his prospects in his employment — Cross-examination of respondent-wife shows she was blaming appellant-husband for not being able to conceive, that also amounts to cruelty meted out to appellant — Appellant made out sufficient case for grant of divorce on ground of cruelty — Respondent-wife made false allegation of cruelty and desertion against appellant-husband — Appellant was acquitted in both cases — He suffered harassment and ignominy of having been taken in custody for 8 days for complaint under Section 498A, IPC.January 23, 2019
Court:PUNJAB AND HARYANA HIGH COURT
Sections 498-A, 406 — It is not clear as to when petitioners taunted complainant for not bringing sufficient dowry and gifts — They are living separately and not in same house with complainant — Difficult to make out case of cruelty and misappropriation of dowry articles — Impugned complaint quashed.January 23, 2019
Court:Rajasthan High Court
Petition under s. 127 of Crpc has to be filed before the Magistrate who has passed the first order of maintenance.January 23, 2019
Court:CALCUTTA HIGH COURT
Cruelty : Mental Cruelty: Wife asserted husband had illicit relationship with many women : It was for wife to prove such allegations : It was not for husband to prove allegations of wife were false : Baseless allegations of cruelty by one spouse against other constitute mental cruelty of gravest character to warrant divorce.January 22, 2019
Court:ANDHRA PRADESH HIGH COURT
Section 498A — Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 — Sections 3, 4 — Quashing of Proceedings — Cruelty — Dowry Demand — No specific overt acts of harassment attributed. Petitioner residing in US and married. Continuation of proceedings qua A3 will amount to abuse of process of law and quashed.January 22, 2019
Court:Kerala High Court
Cancellation of order granting maintenance. There is no justification for continuing to provide maintenance to wife and child invoking power under section 125 of CrPC.January 22, 2019
Court:MADRAS HIGH COURT
Sections 304B, 498A, 34 — Benefit of Doubt — Suicide committed by deceased within 7 months of marriage — None of the letters written by deceased indicate even slightest doubt about alleged dowry demand and cruelty — Suicide note also shows she is taking such step only because of her health and she was not blaming anybody — In letters she has not mentioned about in-laws and cruelty met at their hands — Deceased has been treated for physical and mental illness — Possibility of committing suicide by deceased due to severe physical and mental illness cannot be ruled out — When two views are possible, one in favour of accused to be taken note of and accused should be given benefit of doubt — Trial Court rightly acquitted accused.January 22, 2019
Court:PUNJAB AND HARYANA HIGH COURT
Sections 498-A, 406 — Evidence Act, 1872 — Sections 113-A, 113-B — Quashing of Order : Cruelty, Criminal Breach of Trust : Sister and Brother-in-law of Accused Living Separately in Different Village : Presumption : Trial Court Rightly Discharged Respondents : No Ground to Interfere in Impugned Order.January 21, 2019
Court:MADHYA PRADESH HIGH COURT
Mental Cruelty — Wife lodged complaint under Section 498A, IPC against husband and his family members — They were arrested and subsequently acquitted — Conduct of wife amounts to mental cruelty against husband. Trial Court rightly held that appellant-wife caused mental cruelty to respondent-husband — There is also evidence that wife living separately from her husband without any reasonable ground — Trial Court rightly granted decree of divorce in favour of respondent.January 21, 2019
Court:Karnataka High Court
No substantial reasons to interfere with the order made by the Sessions Judge. The period of limitation of three months referred to in proviso to sub-section (2) of Section 126 has no application.January 19, 2019
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Template for Petition of Decree of Nullity of Marriage Under The Hindu Marriage Act.May 17, 2018
Template of Petition for Judicial SeparationApril 24, 2018
This is a Template for Petition of Divorce on Ground of Adultery under Hindu Marriage Act. The same can be amended to suit one’s particular needs and more particulars like cruelty etc also can also be added to suit the needs.April 24, 2018
Template for Application Under Section 127 (1) Cr.P.C.March 14, 2018
Petition Under Section 482 of Cr.P.C for Quashing – TemplateMarch 2, 2018
Template for 138 Legal Notice.February 27, 2018
This is a complaint template for lodging a complaint to state human rights commission.January 16, 2018
This is a sample WILL or TestamentOctober 29, 2017
This is a sample application presented by both parties, Husband and Wife, to the Court for filing their First Motion in a Mutual Consent Divorce proceedingOctober 25, 2017
This is a sample of memorandum of understanding between husband and wife in a mutual divorce proceedingOctober 25, 2017
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